Originally posted by John_Rodger_Cornman
Why do masons get angry at people researching their beliefs?
Whats the problem? Its not like your disrespecting them or anything.
The work of masons is the work of the world. Therefore the masons are concerned about their public image.
That public images is important, because the assistance and cooperation of the public is necessary for the effectiveness of the masonic work.
If one were working on spiritual things, then the public image would be irrelevant. Since one would then not be seeking any material gain, from the
workings of one's activities, the public cooperation would not be required.
So, monks, for example, retire to some isolated place, and ignore the world, while woking on their spiritual conquests. The monk cares not what people
in the outer world say or think about him. He does not "dress" nor "adorn" himself with any "flash or glitter" to appear appealing to the public eye.
He simply covers himself from the cold and damp with whatever clean garment would suit his basic needs.
The impressive image of a Freemason, with his lambskin and jewels, all mark the mason as an individual focused with his attention on the outer image.
That part of him that is "seen" by others.
Beautiful, handsome, attractive to the ladies, appealing to the eye of all men. There stands a good man.
BUT, INSIDE...what work was being done there? What we could not see. What remained hidden. What is secret.
Why are we all so apt to judge a man from his exterior image?
By this habit, we automatically give credit to those who appeal to our eye, and deny credit to those others, as if by instinct. But it is the only way
the men can be deceived. If the outer were always as the inner, then men could never be deceived. For then beauty on the outside, would guarantee
beauty on the inside, and all would be right with the world.
Therefore wherever men strive through artifact to improve their image, the thought behind this must be to receive the benefit of the public, by
appealing to their eye, over and above their natural worth, and hence evidence of a deceptive mind.
Simply clad, he is an honest man, and impressively clad he becomes a deceiver of men. For something in him changed, so that now he believes he's
entitled to a higher honor, than that granted by his noble birth.
edit on 4-8-2012 by NAMTERCES because: (no reason given)