Originally posted by Corinthas
What would happen if (hypothetical argument here so just magine..) if absolutely EVERYONE was a member, the whole planet, then there would be no
secret anymore. I think the order would dissolve as it has lost its exclusivity and not rejoice in one unity. In order to be special you need to
Heh. Well, Freemasonry's fundamentals aren't based on secrecy. The Order certainly wouldn't dissolve because of a lifting of secrecy. More likely,
if "everyone" joined, it would be dissolved because Freemasonry is not for "everyone" and it would be turned into something that it is not.
We certainly are not special because we "exclude" - anyone who meets the requirements of good moral character can join. If your argument is that we
are "special" because we do not accept criminals amongst our ranks, then I'm afraid you're on dodgy ground with that statement, as there are
literally thousands of organisations that have the same requirement. This doesn't make us "exclusive" - it's just common sense. Why would any
organisation, with a goal of Fellowship and Peace, want to accept those who have previously disrupted the harmony of social order by pursuing criminal
But what about the "if you've done the time you shouldn't have to pay for the crime for a lifetime" argument? Well, here in the UK, having a
criminal record doesn't necessarily debar you from entrance into Freemasonry - so even then, the "exclusive" argument is baseless. There are
different types of crime after all and some do not merit exclusion from the Order. I have known Freemasons who screwed up in their teenage years,
realised their mistakes, and were still accepted into the Order in later life. We sometimes make exception and do not always exclude people for crimes
committed whilst they were under duress or those that were committed when they didn't know better - it's all about their moral character at and
around their time of joining.
So you see, we aren't really exclusive. People like to say we are, but the truth is that they just haven't got off their butts to see how easy it
actually is to join. All we require is the man (or woman, in co-Masonry and female Freemasonry) of good moral character - nothing more, nothing
And if you can't provide that, then you're the one in the exclusive club.