reply to post by H1ght3chHippie
I think you are right on the money.
So much discussion takes place in this forum about what all the symbols of Masonry or any other 'secret' society mean and I'm just trying to point
out that it's not the symbol itself but what it stands for.
The fact that people have varying reactions to the two pictures is EXACTLY the effect I was going for.
The twin towers will have no inherent meaning for people who didn't live through it.
All too often we cry EVIL when talking about other symbols (primarily pictures) like pentagrams, the all-seeing eye etc.
Part of the power of esoteric tradition is that the symbols have remained the same for thousands of years. Language has changed. Society has
changed. Values have changed. Religion has changed.
However an initiate into a modern esoteric tradition in the proper environment can experience the exact same effect of the symbol that an initiate in
ancient Egypt felt.
The statement that different groups have 'secrets' they 'hide' is not accurate. The word 'secret' should be 'universal truths' and 'hide'
should be 'unable to express'.
Which brings me to a word that is difficult to understand. Ineffable.
For centuries people have talked about ineffable words, like the Tetragrammaton, like they are powerful things that should never be spoken. The true
mystery of ineffability, though, is that these things CANNOT be spoken by humans because no spoken or written human language can adequately explain
I think my whole point is that a picture, a symbol, a song, a smell, a taste or a sensation can have profound effects on a person to whom they are
meaningful. Someone could use thousands of words to try and convey meaning to another person, but without experiential context they will fall
I just thought of a good example. My Grandma died in 1991. Last week at my office someone walked past with the same perfume she wore (Grandma was an
Avon lady) and even though it's been 20 years I was hit with the powerful feeling of being back in her presence. That is the power of a symbol.