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Originally posted by chr0naut
Free as in not a slave (if you were/are a bonded slave you were not allowed to join the club).
Mason = a stone worker, one who works with masonry (chisel & hammer user).
Originally posted by Helious
Ask yourself why they are called this? Is this group based on ancient stone builders? Are they based on a free society that built itself from the ground up? Why..... Why do they call themselves this?
Originally posted by Analyzing
A quick summary of the history and purpose of free masonry ; All information that is perceivable is an alteration of randomnessity.
Use your mind to build the truth.
until then, how can we know how we must proceed under present conditions in which all must work together to heal the wounds inflicted upon our Ma (our mother, the Earth). By healing our Ma, our mother and our Earth, we may yet hope to share,
More specifically, the master stonemasons guarded their building techniques as secret, and their skills were in demand. A FREE mason was allowed to travel across borders without a writ of passage. No passport necessary, because they were welcomed by the landowners who would want to hire them.
Originally posted by JayTaylor
I think it's a common belief that much of what we learn in free masonry originated from stone mason guilds in ancient times. The aprons, the working tools, the symbolism, and gestures can all be traced back to this, at least in theory. Becoming a master mason was a lifelong process and most of their waking hours were dedicated to learning the craft.
Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but the term 'free mason' probably indicates that the mason is a free man, in other words, not a slave.
I agree with both of those definitions. So far so good...
Originally posted by Helious
The definition of free as I understand it although not from the dictionary is; A conscious entity living there waking existence as they see fit without any control from a higher source of power within reason. IMHO a person living this life would be informed of things how they were and left to decide for themselves how to live there lives as they choose as long as it did not directly or indirectly in a significant way affect how other people choose to live there lives.
The definition of a mason as I understand it is; A construct, some one who constructs or builds dependent either on plans or by there own design. A person who shapes a structure, a molder of objects.
Where, in the word Free, or in the word Mason, did you get "society" or "global level"??? It's not there. By your own definition of Free, "they were and left to decide for themselves how to live there lives as they choose as long as it did not directly or indirectly in a significant way affect how other people choose to live there lives" and that's exactly what Freemasons do. We strive to be Masters of ourselves. Nothing else.
The simple fact is, the very name lends itself to one word and one word only.......... Masters. Those that are truly free to act as they see fit based on knowledge they and they alone poses and are free to build society and ideas on a global level that they see fit.