posted on Nov, 9 2010 @ 09:25 AM
In the beginning, Freemasons were men who held the secrets of building. (Geometry) They had learned how make square stones, they had learned how to
use a plumb and level, and they knew how to assemble them to a drawing made by the master builder. They had formed a group with three levels in order
to teach these secrets to worthy workmen. they kept their ways secret so that not everyone could just be a builder. Also so that buildings would be
built correctly. It protected their trade and enabled them to be sought after whenever a building had to be erected.
the three levels were:
1. apprentice or workman this level would be the workhorses and carry the stones and equipment. they did this willingly in order that in time they
would learn more and become master builders themselves..
2. Fellowcraft or Stoneworkers. these men would be the ones who carved stones and saw that they were placed where they are supposed to be placed.
these men were apprentices at one time but learned enough to be advanced. (much like in any job anywhere in the world)
3. Master Builders or Master Masons. these men designed the buildings, and were in ultimate control of the project. There were sometimes several on
a job and they had to work together in order to complete the project.
These were known as OPERATIVE masons. The way they operated is the way our modern system of SPECULATIVE masonry is formed. We don't build anything
other than a morally strong man. We take a good man and make him better. Actually, he does it on his own but with help from his brethren. The way
we do this is by teaching life lessons through allegory and symbols. In order to find out how these lessons are taught, you have to join masonry.
You can however find all the information that is taught, on the internet. Over the years, many men have left the craft and written down all the
secrets that were promised to be kept secret. these men had weak moral fiber. But our craft still operates the same and without any hindrance form
outside. Not because we are powerful or elite, but because people who really wanted to know what we were about simply joined and found out. As
mankind has evolved, we have stopped burning witches at the stake, or killing a man for what he believes. At least most of us have.
What I have written here is the complete truth. Any mason or scholar is welcome to comment on any mistakes made. So much for the secrecy that
everyone is crying about.