Wow, I like this thread! Too bad I wasn't around in 2003!
Anyhow, whether or not Socrates was a Mason, I wholeheartedly agree that the philosophy of Socrates was 100% in agreeance with Freemasonry. I am a
huge Socrates and Plato fan. Socrates didn't believe in the concept of "learning." Instead, he believed all universal knowledge was available to
us at all times, it only took logical reasoning to ferret the truth out of any situation. It was more of a "remembering" or "discerning" than it
was actual "learning." I think that is a wonderful concept, but critical thinkers are in short supply, and therefore Socrates was often
misunderstood. It wouldn't be any different if he were alive today.
I hope he was a Mason, but it really isn't significant to me one way or another. I loved the teachings of Socrates/Plato, and I love Freemasonry,
regardless of whether or not they had the opportunity to love one another way back then, LOL!