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Rob Brydon riffed on this iconic use of the white hat in the TV series Director's Commentary when his character, director Peter De Lane, discussed making a 'good' character in a Western wear a black hat: "Can a good guy wear a black hat? Can a bad guy wear a white hat?"
Originally posted by orbitbaby
Did you even check out the link I posted? Your
kind of missing the point.
Originally posted by indigothefish
correct me if i am wrong masons, but the highest ranking member of a lodge ( master, worshipful master ) is loosely required to wear a brimmed hat, this being a psycological or illustrative signal that he is the most respected member of the lodge ( as no one else will wear a hat during meetings etc.
I don't know if "suspicious" would be the word I'd use. It's actually rather practical. If I'm visiting a lodge I've never been to before, it's easy for me to know who's in charge... the guy with the hat! Likewise, while the elected WM for a year is generally the one presiding over the stated meetings, other people can wear the hat to confer degrees, or conduct other ceremonies (installation of officers, for instance.) With one person wearing a hat at a time in the room, it's easy to know who's got the football, so to speak.
it's suspicious that the masons continue to use such meaningless symbols to illustrate their authority amongst one another.
Yes, but that's hardly suspicious behavior. Really, the only way a Mason is going to recognize another Mason in public is going to be if he's wearing a ring, lapel pin, belt buckle, key fob, shirt or jacket with Masonic emblems, or is driving a car with a Masonic bumper sticker. Hand signs are not used in public, and grips are not generally exchanged between strangers as a way of feeling out if someone else is a Mason. (Honestly, the only way to be certain that someone you're talking to is a Mason is to ask for a current dues card...)
i say this because most of their tools for recognizing each other can be implemented in public and I only be understood by other masons. what is the reasoning behind this? - of course, it is because they are a secret society! they do not want attention, and they don't want nonmasons to be able to recognize their codes.