Originally Posted by mitmondol
Ok, criniit, I will ask you.
Because I am totally ignorant in the subject.
We, and I mean the general public here, are totally ignorant.
We heard, watched stuff, we think this society is something "weird" or " no good".
Have to admit, I am VERY curious myself!
Can you tell us about the "secrets" and why they are that?
Or what the purpose of the organization is?
Or where can we find out more?
Just in case some of us is interested..
Well the thing about ll the TV programs "uncovering the masons" "world domination" all that crap is just a way to get people to watch. People say we are some global mega power bent on world domination but they only say that because many powerful and influential men have been members of masonry. Including lot of presidents not only in the US but all over the world, senators, congressmen. But the masons also have garbage men, deli owners, regular people. The philosophy of the freemasons is that in the lodge (what we call out meeting place) all men are equal whether king or peasant. As well as religion and politics are not allowed to be talked about in the lodge. Kinda makes it hard to plot world domination when were not even allowed to talk about it doesn't it?
As far as secrets...well now that we are in the 21st century with the internet we don't have very many any more. The one that we guard most closely is our modes of recognition (handshakes, symbols, passwords to recognize each other as masons)
Freemasonry's stated purpose is to make a good man into a better man. Masonry teaches a system of conduct and attitudes for use in dealing with other people. It also encourages its members to actively seek to better themselves through hard work, dedication, and education. To convey these lessons, symbols and allegories are used. Each of our visual symbols has a meaning which is designed to remind us of some moral or social virtue which we should learn and practice. The stories we tell in course of our three degrees of membership are allegorical and designed to be impressive to the candidate while teaching important lessons. Above all else, Freemasonry is dedicated to the brotherhood of mankind.
In addition to the numerous activities that Masonic lodges conduct on a regular basis to keep their members and their families interested in the fraternity, Freemasons do all kinds of things. Freemasons perform tasks for the benefit of their community. They care for those who cannot care for themselves. And most widely known, they contribute to those less fortunate that themselves. Freemasonry is NOT a charity organization. However, charity is one of the many Masonic virtues which we teach. As a result, members of various Masonic bodies are encouraged to give to those in need. This is done to the tune of $1.5 MILLION EACH DAY, totaling over $500 million in Masonic charity contribution each year.
Oh and if you are looking for reading material I would try Freemasons for Dummies, not joke that book is actually pretty good, it' written by a mason and will teach you the basics of freemasonry for an outsider.
PS: Oh and sorry to any other brothers who I just took the air of mystery from them :)