At least from my vantage point, the Masons are harmless. I became a member many years ago. I was near the lowest degree possible, but that, I think,
doesn't really matter. The rituals were silly but obviously there for symbolic reasons and of course I participated in that from the beginning. It's
just required to get to be accepted and move on. I also had to memorize certain things so that the purpose of Freemasonry could be firmly planted. The
oaths are there to keep you honest or at least let you know that honesty and loyalty is expected.The meetings were incredibly boring as I recall. The
whole thing reminded me of the Chamber of Commerce with a spiritual/mystical slant.
My children had a club called the "Top Secret Club" of which I was an initiate and in my view was more fun, interesting and conspiratorial. We plotted
and planned various things around the home, such as detecting when the older sister was approaching the boys room. We also built a combination
UFO/ghost alarm. We conspired to do things in that make-believe secret society. I never saw any conspiracy in the Masons except to help others.
I've never divulged any "secrets" I learned at such a low level, there just weren't many, but even if I had, those secrets are nothing to even give a
second thought to. Besides, I think almost all of the "secrets" of Freemasonry have been published ad nauseum on the internet -- some of them true but
I suspect much of it false to create an image of Freemasonry as evil conspirators.
If anyone was planning on taking control of the world, I don't know if any of these men would have had the energy to do so since they were hardworking
at their careers. I didn't personally know any who were in politics, but why should that matter anyway? Every group of any decent size will have some
members involved in politics and will bring their personal or group agenda to the arena.
Yes, I know that some are invited to move up to higher degrees and learn of Freemasonry's view of existence. It's Freemasonry's view -- not
necessarily objective fact but more like a group-opinion of the nature of life and the universe. I was not one of them but it never mattered to me. We
will all learn the truth of our existence at some point -- we have an eternity if necessary to do so. So, I've never been impressed or intimidated
with 32nd degree Masons or higher. They feel special because of the exclusivity and that's ok. Christianity does essentially the same thing when it
says only its initiates (born again believers) can make it to heaven. In fact, I suspect that much of the animosity towards Freemasonry is because it
is viewed as a competitor to other religions, especially Christianity.
I lost interest in Masonry because it simply wasn't for me. I'm very averse to groups -- any groups -- and just want to do things on my own without
having to belong to any particular crowd. I own my own business but still don't care that much about networking -- I'll get clients one way or the
other and with or without the help of another. I've never cared much for the superficial, shallow nature of networking anyway.
In a nutshell, the Masons never conspired to do anything other than charitable things, at least while I was an active member. I can't imagine any of
these men conspiring to do harm to anyone, even the higher level initiates -- and my best friend at the time was one of them. So, it would be great
if we'd focus attention on those who are truly doing harm to humanity and leave Masonry alone. They're secretive, yes. But they are at the same time,
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