reply to post by JoshNorton
I can appreciate what you are saying, and the thoughtfulness you are putting into it Mr. Norton.
Yet as someone who dabbles in the esoteric you might appreciate that some don't believe that coincidences are simply random events devoid of any
structured meaning or purpose.
Regardless of what kind of core principles Masons share, they share a common identity and label, a distinction confered upon themselves and by one
In a world ruled by divide and conquer that identity signifies a very real division.
The value of the division may in fact possibly be limited to just the very fact it is a division, a division that gives a group a shared identity.
So when it comes too bellum omnium contra omnes, a philosphy I would wager such a learned and considered man as yourself is well aware of, then that
division must ultimately be eliminated or become the one that eliminates all others.
In the war of all against all, where victory can only be declared where there is but one who has achieved the power to dominate to such an extent that
one alone creates and imposes the identity all others, every other must then adopt and share, then we might conclude safely, that Masonry whether
Masons feel they warrant it or not, has some powerful enemies, who would wipe it out for no particular reason other than it has it's own unique
Now maybe this is something not previously considered or it has been and is just not a good subject to talk about, but personally I do not believe in
Masonry is in fact under a sustained attack, likely from more than one quarter, so as the New Order of the Ages draws nearer, Masons very well might
need to rethink their own tennents and philosophies or risk the ideals they do hold most near and dear being stamped out forever more.
Because so many people are frightened about Masonry, whether their fears are founded or not is not rellevant, what is rellevant is that people can be
easily manipulated through their fears.
So yes, I would say some powerful force out there engaged in bellum omnium contra omnes is doing just that.
I suspect these threads are carefully considered and purposeful attempts to attract new members and I don't mean that in any accusatory or
descriminatory way, but I contend that new members alone are not likely in and of themselves going to be sufficient to ultimately save your craft.
I hope the brothers are not as oblivious to this as decorum might require them to appear.
Thanks for your thoughtful replies.