posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 11:05 AM
reply to post by MagnaCarta19
A couple of comments going back to the original assertion.
Masons don't knock on doors because it's contrary to all we stand for. As a mason I believe strongly that a man should join ONLY out of his own
interest and free will.
The whole of "masonry" or even a single lodge is not considered "enlightened" by any means. Enlightenment is a possibility for a mason (or indeed
any person) and Freemasonry does not promise or claim to be a means to this end.
A lot of the disdain and confusion from non-masons centers around the fact that Freemasonry as a whole has no political or religious agenda. Such a
thing would be abhorrent to our principles.
Freemasonry is so incredibly decentralized (in the US anyway) that even if a particular lodge had an outside agenda it would fall apart. Imagine a
government founded on pure democracy in which any person could be President, but he or she would only serve one year and have no executive power or
ability to issue directives or mandates, AND he or she could not discuss or participate in political discussion or religion.
Logically, even from an outside perspective, Freemasonry is either a tightly-knit, powerful and secretive organization (in which case an outsider with
an anti-Masonic agenda would be easily discovered and removed) or we are loosely-organized and decentralized organization that holds no real power (in
which case an outsider with an anti-Masonic agenda would be bored and pointless).