True Secrets of Freemasonry

Those who become Freemasons only for the sake of finding out the secret of the order, run a very great risk of growing old under the trowel without ever realizing their purpose. Yet there is a secret, but it is so inviolable that it has never been confided or whispered to anyone. Those who stop at the outward crust of things imagine that the secret consists in words, in signs, or that the main point of it is to be found only in reaching the highest degree. This is a mistaken view: the man who guesses the secret of Freemasonry, and to know it you must guess it, reaches that point only through long attendance in the lodges, through deep thinking, comparison, and deduction.

He would not trust that secret to his best friend in Freemasonry, because he is aware that if his friend has not found it out, he could not make any use of it after it had been whispered in his ear. No, he keeps his peace, and the secret remains a secret.

Giovanni Giacomo Casanova, Memoirs, Volume 2a, Paris, p. 33

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Freemasonry spawns democracy

Freemasonry is NOT a democracy, it is a hierarchy that of necessity, leads to democracy.

As an EA, we do not vote, nor speak on matters before the lodge, for as new members we are as children in the lodge. We are placed in the north-east corner of the lodge, to be near to the Worshipful Master, to listen and thereby learn to be masons. This is the nature of a hierarchy.

As fellowcrafts, we are more experienced brothers, and are encouraged to think, to learn, to grow, and to set examples for our less experienced brethren. We are subservient in the lodge to the Masters, and do not vote or speak on issues before the lodge as we learn to be masters.

As masters, we are deemed equals, and are expected to lead and set examples for the less experienced brethren. We are expected to vote, to speak on issues related to freemasonry, and to raise issues we think are important, to work together and strive to improve ourselves in freemasonry.

As masters, we are all equals, yet still the hierarchy exists as we select from among ourselves those who will, for a time, lead us. THIS is democracy, and is necessary among true equals... for when you consider all men your equal, you cannot strive to force your will upon them. You can only seek to convince them, which is leadership.

So we elect our leaders, and thence, democracy in a hierarchy.

1 comment:

giovanni lombardo said...

When a man is just initiated, we say he is 3 years old. He is like a little child, "who cannot speak, nor write." He is an Entered Apprentice, so a learner. He doesn't speak because he has nothing to say, but profane matters in profane terms.
Masters shall take care of him so that he can grow up, till their level.
This is the best evidence that FMy is not a fascist organization. It does not crush the newbies, but helps them to raise up and to become "masters" too, for the benefit of themselves and of future generations, as well.

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