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Originally posted by getreadyalready First of all, there is no such thing as a 33rd Degree Mason.
Well, as Fitz mentions above, it doesn't, or at least shouldn't, spoil the entire fraternity. Yes, some bad people slip in. Yes, some members try to take advantage of their membership for personal gain. But that's not what Masonry is about, and the entire fraternity shouldn't be judged on the actions of the few.
Originally posted by snowen20
So from I can discern is that just like any organization or government there may be a faction of masonry that is less than kosher. I mean if a Government can be corrupt and any smaller organization as well then I don't see why it is to outrageous to assume Masonry to be in the same boat.
I know it may grind the gears of some to think that their trusted organization may at times act nefariously, but a few bad apples don't spoil the man, it just spoils the unit.
Originally posted by Boomer1941
In my opinion the lesser levels of masonry don't really know squat, it's just a good old boys club at those levels. I've always felt that once you were a 33rd degree if you possessed certain characteristics in that ranking you might be initiated to higher unknown levels, this would be by invitation only and would be a closely guarded secret. In other words you could rot at the 33rd degree level and still not know squat.
Another who was interested in joining FM: "I was looking into joining them as well. When I was explained all the different things I would need to divulge before acceptance I was a bit skeptical. Background check, giving numbers of close friends, family and interview."