posted on Jun, 3 2004 @ 11:54 AM
Why I got involved in masonry:
I got interested in masonry because most of the older men I had respect for were involved. I was drinking coffee with a group, and one of them noted
that I was the only non-mason present. I started asking questions and it went from there.
How did I get involved?
I asked how to join, and one of them gave me a petition to fill out. Then a group of them made an appointment to visit my home and talk with me and
the Mrs. Doktor. They wanted to make sure it was o.k. with my wife for me to join, and assure her that masonry was an ethical org. They held a vote,
and the whole lodge voted to invite me. We scheduled an evening for the initiation, and it went from there.
Any Evil Secrets?
I am a Master mason in the blue lodge, have attained the 18th degree of the Scottish Rite, and a Knight Templar in the (American) York rite.
I can honestly say that I believe Masonry is the original fraternity. There is no HAZING involving any kind of physical abuse. There is some
suspense in the ceremonies, but I was constantly reassured that no harm would come to me and I never felt threatened by anything. All other frats I
have seen involved some kind of torture or "hazing" which I absolutely refuse to be involved in. Masonry is about ideals and values, and not about
being a club or "in" group. The copycats are all degenerate imitations in my opinion.
I have not been actively attending the lodge for about 6 months, due to changes in my job and moving. My Scottish Rite membership is past due, but my
blue lodge and York rite are up to date. I don't currently hold any appointed office, because I knew the work changes were coming.
I am an avid reader on the history of freemasonry, particularly its historical roots and the esoterica underlying its symbolic language.