reply to post by Skyfloating
Valid and pertinent information is valid and pertinent information regardless of the subject or topic in my humble opinion.
Whether it's how to get your gravy to turn out smooth, thick and lump free for a roast, or who formulates a government policy and why, or how to
maximize on the Stock Exchange if it's valid knowledge it's valid knowledge.
One thing that does perplex me is the defensiveness of the Masons.
Having a secret society would naturally lead to all kinds of speculation about it because of the fact it is a secret society. Why care that people
I watched the entire ritual re-enactment of the laying of the Capitol's Cornerstone a few years back. The Master Masons from all fifty states
convened to dramatize the ceremonial ritual that historical accounts claim was used in the laying of the original cornerstone, complete with some of
the same tools used the first time, courtesy of the Library of Congress where they have been stored as artifacts for posterity.
It demonstrated two things, the importance of the Masonic movement's contributions and influence on our society and the fact that some things are
steeped in precise rituals of a spiritual nature.
I watched as oil and corn was added to the mortar as each Master Mason (quite a few more than originally participated) added a little bit of mortar
with the ceremonial original trowel to the stone.
I did not perceive anything sinister in it (though I would like to see what the original golden plate has inscribed on it that was buried along with
the original cornerstone in the foundation) yet like all ritualistic ceremonies it was steeped in mystery simply because it's not something one
commonly sees from day to day.
These things of course lead to speculation and curiosity and where there is speculation soon accusation is bound to follow.
Me personally when keeping a secret I just laugh and say wouldn't you like to know or none of your business.
I don't denounce or attempt to ridicule people for attempting to guess at what I willfully refuse to tell them!
I am wise enough to know that they are simply trying to arrive at the hidden truth through the process of elimination!
Since I am purposefully keeping the truth a secret, I have no compelling reason to discount any accusation for that reason of helping them arrive at
the secret through the process of elimination.
I hate to say it by I find many of the Mason's defensive attitudes about their participation in the organization to be a sign of insecurity that well
just seems odd for people who see a better path in an organization that is supposed to be about a shared philosophy towards life.
They say there is strength and security in numbers, you wouldn't know that though based on the defensive and offended posture so many Masons take
when encountering natural curiosity and the inevitable accusations that are bound to follow.
Personally I don’t have any reason to fear the Masons or be distrustful to them, they have nicely put themselves into a group and have divided and
conquered and negated themselves in the process.
Why people trap themselves in one box or another in a very fluid universe I haven’t a clue! That’s one piece of information I am never looking to