What Are The Secrets of the Freemasons?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that very question, mostly by friends and family after learning about my involvement in The Fraternity. Usually it’s after they saw that documentary on the History Channel or read something on the internet. You see (although I would never profess to be), to them, I am an expert. So, every time I get asked that question, I take a deep breath, look around as-if to see that no one else is listening, take a half-step forward, and subconsciously prepare them to receive a precious gift. For my response…
I always lower my voice & s p e a k v e r y s l o w – l y.
Here’s how I answer: Sometimes I use the canned response, “Making good men better!”, but, I don’t particularly like that one… Sometimes I answer vaguely and say “well, that depends on you… it’s different things to different people”, they don’t usually like that answer; other times, I answer flippantly and say “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.”, and with that I get a similar response; sarcastically, “Haven’t you seen the DaVinci Code?” -or- “I can tell you but then I’d have to kill you.” ; zen-like, “The secrets ARE Freemasonry.”; militarily, “That’s strictly on a need to know basis…” No matter what my answer is, for some reason, I always get a raised eyebrow & crooked lipped smirk. As a single man, I’ve even managed to get smacked, once or twice, from my reply. Decorum and etiquette prevent me from publishing those secrets here.
How do you answer The Question?
One brother made a great analogy and referenced a Chinese proverb. He explained:
There’s a simple point: What people believe (however absurd) is true to them. The word “absurd” in Latin (literally translated) means “out of tune”, just like the word “karaoke” in Japanese. It all makes sense if you think about this: Some of the most absurd things you’ve ever heard were usually coming from people singing someone else’s song – and (like karaoke) doing it out-of-tune. Now, let’s remember some of these other absurdities:
- Socrates was tried, convicted, and executed on a charge of corrupting the youth into disbelieving in the Greek deities.
- Jacques DeMolay was burned at the stake on Friday the 13th for Witchcraft.
- Christopher Columbus suffered through near mutiny because the crew was scared they may sail off the edge of the earth.
- Galileo was accused of blasphemy by the Catholic Church when he said the Earth revolved around the Sun.
- Darwinian Evolution is still causing controversy.
- Newton’s laws of physics are contradicted by Einstein’s E=MC2!
- Some people believe that this planet contains the only intelligent life in the Universe.
- Others threw themselves out of windows when Orson Wells performed “War of the Worlds” over the radio…
The Point: As we learn more, as humans, our perspectives will inevitably change. We must remain open minded enough to either adopt or reject that change, and still leave enough room for others to have a different opinion. That’s no secret!
Bro. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) said it best, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”
Having said that… I’m sure you are aware that although some of the things you find on the internet (or any other media) regarding Masonry are based in truth; others, may not be. The degree to which it is true – may also be a matter of speculation. It’s all karaoke. That is, consider the source. Some information can have a religious or political spin. Many of these are blatantly inaccurate. Some are outright lies! While some of these nuts are too simple minded to have their own opinions and are just blindly regurgitating other people’s out-of-tune belief’s, some of them (like the crew of the Nina, Pinta & Santa Maria) truly believe the absurdities they are spewing. These people are rationally paralyzed in fear for their lives -or- even worse, scared that everything they ever learned may be completely invalid. Empathetically, I admit it: That’s a downright frightening thought. So, just like Christopher Columbus, I acknowledge their opinions, and… I respectfully disagree! Unfortunately, beating them into submission is no longer politically correct.
Much like Mark Twain, I have my own philosophy: Realize how little you actually know. Read everything you can get your hands on. Watch, view, listen, learn and ask questions about everything else. Digest EVERY possible perspective. Make up your own darn mind! And always, leave room for dessert…
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to add the link, that you most likely came here for… Now, If you have not seen this video, you should! Without the commercials it’s less than 45 minutes long and a great investment of your time. The Secrets of Freemasonry, includes: History, Degrees, Scottish & York Rites, Raising & Installation Rituals, Anti-Masonry, Conspiracy Theories and many other (so called) secrets. It is available by following the next link made available through Google Video.
Plato said, “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” The words and topics contained therein (whether they be true or false) are not necessarily the ideas or beliefs of Munn Lodge, The Grand Lodge of New York, or Freemasonry, in general. Rather these are the beliefs of the producers of the video. To put it simply, it was on TV – so, many people have seen it and some will eventually want to confront you about it, as one of the only experts on Freemasonry they know. Now you know: they know & what they know. Ya’know? People hear what they want to hear to validate their preconceived notions of what Freemasons are about. Use that to your advantage. In the words of General Sherman, “A tactic known is a tactic blown!”
For what it’s worth, please enjoy this video… but, we as Free and Accepted Masons are taught to use it for the more noble and glorious purpose of shaping our minds… Much like my writings — true, false, valid or invalid: it is (none-the-less) entertaining. There is, also, a wealth of knowledge within it. The degree to which that knowledge is fact – remains to be seen. However, it is presented in such a way that does appear to be logically valid, albeit somewhat melodramatic. It can’t really be proven, one way or the other. Some of it directly contradicts what I have learned in my Masonic Travels. Some of it may very well be true… I saw at it as a dramatic production of historical fiction with a documentary-like presentation. If you have a different view, please feel free to add your comments below. The difference of opinion (in it’s essence) and the seeking of further enlightenment are some of the fundamental precepts of Freemasonry. Furthermore, the sharing of that knowledge is the primary purpose of this forum.
Brethren, I look forward to learning your opinions. The great architect of this website made it so your comments are automatically emailed to me. You can also choose to subscribe to further comments when you add one yourself…
And.. You Know That’s ALL On The Level!
Bro. Joe Negron