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« Topic Start: March 20, 2011, 10:28:43 pm »

Just wondering if their was any other Freemasons on this forum...
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« Reply #1: March 20, 2011, 11:15:01 pm »

Just wondering if their was any other Freemasons on this forum...

yes.
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« Reply #2: March 21, 2011, 01:06:23 am »

Just wondering if their was any other Freemasons on this forum...
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2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB.
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« Reply #3: March 21, 2011, 01:16:10 am »

Just wondering if their was any other Freemasons on this forum...
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« Reply #4: March 21, 2011, 04:27:58 am »

Just wondering if their was any other Freemasons on this forum...
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« Reply #5: March 21, 2011, 07:30:45 am »

Yet another yes  Grin

Cool, Hello to my fellow brothers  Smiley

and shadoworker, my grand lodge lets us say that we are masons without issue, though the rest I talk only in the briefest ways.   Wink
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« Reply #6: March 21, 2011, 08:32:59 am »

Cool, Hello to my fellow brothers  Smiley

and shadoworker, my grand lodge lets us say that we are masons without issue, though the rest I talk only in the briefest ways.   Wink

So... what exactly are the Freemasons? The things I "know" about the group come from Hollywood movies and highly dramatized History Channel programs, so I'm trying to flush out all previous misconceptions and find out about group for real.
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« Reply #7: March 21, 2011, 03:43:22 pm »

So... what exactly are the Freemasons? The things I "know" about the group come from Hollywood movies and highly dramatized History Channel programs, so I'm trying to flush out all previous misconceptions and find out about group for real.
First things first, what you'll see about us on the "History" Channel is 99% sensationalist pap.

What we are is a fraternal organization, a brotherhood, which (very loosely) borrows from the model of the medieval stonemasons' guilds. With the rules of architecture as a symbolic backdrop, we make use of the operative mason's tools and implements, in a metaphorical sense, to illustrate and teach key intellectual, philosophic, and ethical principles.  As 'speculative' masons we are equally engaged in the rough work of labouring in the quarries-- the rough work-- and in the art of 'building;' in a sense, the art of smoothing and shaping stones speaks to the art of personal refinement and gnosis.  This is all conveyed in a key Masonic legend, which you might hear called "a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated in symbol."  

In travelling through the degrees, we gain understanding of the self, our relationship with Deity (according to our own conscience, as Freemasonry is adogmatic,) and our relationship with others (including fraternal bonds as well as civic duties.)  We also place emphasis on old fashioned ideas like fidelity and integrity, the latter being a key point in our core legends.

Hope this helps give you a sense of who we are and what we're about.

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« Reply #8: March 21, 2011, 04:19:17 pm »

I see that Raziel summed it up perfectly, but just because I already had it typed out before I noticed....

So... what exactly are the Freemasons?
From the Emulation Working of the Lecture of the First Degree, Masonry is ' a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.' It can be considered a philosophical companion to religion, but in essence it's a secular fraternal organisation, traditionally open to men, that all walks of life and faith can participate in. Basically, it promotes morality, sets to strengthen Brotherly love, and provide charitable action to the whole of mankind.

Certain elements vary lodge to lodge, but generally Masons are guys that take heed to masonic values(which have already been elaborated on above), and strive to further learn them&incorporate them into their lives, who meet in fraternal brotherhood, and promote charitable action usually by taking part in local charities and such. 
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« Reply #9: March 21, 2011, 04:31:22 pm »


Thanks to you and Raziel! What you've both elaborated on makes perfect sense.
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« Reply #10: March 21, 2011, 05:48:17 pm »

First things first, what you'll see about us on the "History" Channel is 99% sensationalist pap.

What we are is a fraternal organization, a brotherhood, which (very loosely) borrows from the model of the medieval stonemasons' guilds. With the rules of architecture as a symbolic backdrop, we make use of the operative mason's tools and implements, in a metaphorical sense, to illustrate and teach key intellectual, philosophic, and ethical principles.  As 'speculative' masons we are equally engaged in the rough work of labouring in the quarries-- the rough work-- and in the art of 'building;' in a sense, the art of smoothing and shaping stones speaks to the art of personal refinement and gnosis.  This is all conveyed in a key Masonic legend, which you might hear called "a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated in symbol."  

In travelling through the degrees, we gain understanding of the self, our relationship with Deity (according to our own conscience, as Freemasonry is adogmatic,) and our relationship with others (including fraternal bonds as well as civic duties.)  We also place emphasis on old fashioned ideas like fidelity and integrity, the latter being a key point in our core legends.

Hope this helps give you a sense of who we are and what we're about.



Well said...
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Hope this helps give you a sense of who we are and what we're about.



Yes, very well said.

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« Reply #12: March 24, 2011, 06:48:47 pm »

Yes, very well said.



You mean the Gorgomon killer on Bones and all the stuff Hodges says on there isn't true?  Or National Treasure?  I'm so disappointed.
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You mean the Gorgomon killer on Bones and all the stuff Hodges says on there isn't true?  Or National Treasure?  I'm so disappointed.
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Now don't be that disappointed. 

Everything you saw in National Treasure was absolutely true. 
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« Reply #14: March 24, 2011, 11:10:27 pm »

Not the sequel, though.  That was mostly made-up.

Dammit!  Wink
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