Originally posted by aathinker
Any top degree mason can refute this?
I am a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret... but I have to start by saying, again, that there isn't really any such thing as a "top degree" Mason
in the sense you mean. All Master Masons are 'on the level'. The third degree is the highest degree in Freemasonry. Everything else is gravy.
In Masonry a few members benefit from most Members, who are deprived of their freedom to act: from the beginning, (already from the ‘chamber of
reflection’), candidates and already members are threatened to death about revealing secrets or leaving the organization;
It is true that you take a very solemn oath never to reveal the secrets of Freemasonry upon joining. However, leaving the organization is incredibly
simple. You write a letter to your lodge Secretary requesting a demit. This is a request that is always granted if you are in good standing (i.e. you
have been paying your dues). Once you have it, you write your Grand Lodge and state that you wish to resign from the Fraternity. That's it.
10- There is thought manipulation: their systems of teaching by strong dramas works in a subliminal way, inducing people to accept Masonic
ideas as if in fact those ideas had come from themselves (in psychology this is called “appropriation”). Also the practice of having the
candidates hood winked (do you remember Guantanamo?) puts them in a situation of helplessness that forces them to accept whatever pleases the
conductors of the ceremony.
The ritual is intended to have a strong impact on the mind and emotions of a man. However, an active Mason will spend considerable amounts of time
exploring the various interpretations and implications of these ceremonies. There is no approved, agreed meaning to what happens in the initiation.
Every Mason must find his own meaning in the ritual. This is one of the hardest ideas for people who aren't members of the Fraternity to
understand. Freemasonry is non-dogmatic.
11- Members buy ridiculous titles of Prince and King of whatever at high prices, and in the ceremonies they have to walk and move their arms
making squares, what looks like their leaders are making fun of them and brain washing them also.
Actually, the cost of joining the various bodies in the Fraternity is very reasonable. There is considerable discussion within the Fraternity about
the need to increase these costs because of the overhead we've inherited. We have some awesome buildings, for example, that require ongoing care. So
far, as a general rule, the dues haven't caught up with the expenses.
As for undignified conduct during the ritual, this is entirely false. George Washington, famously, was a Freemason and was well-known for being a
stickler about his personal dignity. If he participated in our rituals you have to know that nothing undignified happens.
12- Only a few of them at the end might know what all was about, so they are obeying and paying without really knowing what they are doing.
In a way, this is true. There are entire libraries of books dedicated to exploring the topic of what the ritual of Freemasonry means and what
philosophies it inculcates. In the end, being a true Master Mason means spending a lifetime dedicated to learning.
I think that I would be useful if prospective members can consider these reflections BEFORE entering Masonry. Also the manipulative part versus
its own members should be considered by the own members.
Actually, in most lodges, including my own, the kinds of topics you raise, to the extent that your points relate to reality, are explored with
prospective members in the pre-application and investigation process.
It would be useful if people who know nothing about Freemasonry would stop pretending to know more than the people who are active members of the
Fraternity. On the other hand, we've been dealing with this since 1717 and it wouldn't be much fun if the conspiracy theorists actually bothered to