We have a lot of threads in this forum. As is appropriate for a conspiracy site, 99% of the threads on freemasonry are negative. I just wanted to give
my perspective on what freemasonry is, as a mason of five years.
I joined the fraternity because I believe fundamentally in the the following ideas:
- That people have an innate right to shape their own government free of the interference of any religion or any ruler that bases their authority on
- That the freest people are those who can worship in any way they choose (or no way at all, for atheists).
- That the best way to do good is to do so where possible in secret, not because you are ashamed of your good works but so that you know you do good
things because its the right thing to do instead of for outward praise or recognition.
- That the highest of human virtues is tolerance for all.
I am lucky to live in a world where these ideas are, perhaps more than ever before, commonplace. To profess theses ideas and practice them is no
unusual or strange thing in 2013, in most of the world. But these ideas are so important to me, so sacred in character, that as a student of history I
know this will not always be the case. Throughout mankind's development those who profess these ideas have been oppressed - tortured and murdered at
the hands of clergy and the state because they represent a fundamental threat to monarchies, aristocrats, and all those who think they should hold
power by virtue of their theology or social status rather than the will of the people. And it is not only the far past where these ideas were
blasphemy. Try them today in Iran or China, for example.
Freemasons I believe are the guardians of these ideas. We did not come up with them. We do not claim ownership of them.You do not have to be a
freemason to practice these ideas. But I think by becoming a freemason, you join a historic heritage of people that have been dedicated to their
.Our desire, our fundamental purpose I believe, is to serve as a metaphorical "keep safe" for these ideas. Because human history will
repeat itself. And in those darkest points of human history, someone needs to remember that these ideas are fundamental to the human experience.
Someone needs to be in those dark places who has that esoteric knowledge that these values are the summit of human thinking and that we as a society
will go no where when such values are discarded.
That someone, I believe, are freemasons. These ideas have always been at the cornerstone of the fraternity. And when religious zealotry or political
persecution silenced them, we whispered them in the darkness until those whispers became a chorus that could be heard over the calamities of the day.
The fraternity is perfectly suited for this purpose. Its core ideology of faith, charity, brotherly love are perfect compliments to this role.
Many people have either lamented or cheered at Freemasonry's decline over the past 50 years. But I am thankful for it. Because I think freemasonry's
noble purpose requires such a caliber of men that it is loses its way when people are admitted who have no thirst for its esoteric secrets or rituals.
I have no problem giving a black ball any applicant who thinks freemasonry is a charity (charity is key to freemasonry, but not our fundamental
purpose), or a country club. I have to say that, despite my expectations, over the past few years I have seen a surge in people of my generation (late
20s) that share my values and views of freemasonry.
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