The Freemasons are everywhere (about 5 million members world wide) and yet most people know nothing about them. Why are the Freemasons such a secret? Or are they a secret? They have websites like any other group out there, they talk about the history and what the association is all about. But if your not a Mason, pretty good chance you have no clue who or what they are. I heard that they spend millions on helping people every year by donating to Crippled Children Hospitals and burn Institutes built by the Shriners.
It's considered as the oldest fraternity in the world, just groups of men who enjoy each others company, there to make a difference in the community. Well if that's the case, then great! But I don't think that's the whole story.
Growing up in New England, there are more Masonic lodges then there are post offices or even churches for that matter. So many of them, but nothing really made public. Non of my family nor friends knew anything about them. Not to boast my own ego but I knew a lot of people growing up. I knew not one person that was a Mason. When I say there everywhere, I mean just that. Just take a any drive from small town to small town and you'll know what I'm talking about. Hundreds of lodges and nothing made public about them. Some people say their not a secret at all. But did you know that
George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft,Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford were all masons. The list go's on and on. Mozart was a Freemason, his opera "The Magic Flute" makes reference to many Masonic symbols throughout.
Masonic symbolism is everywhere by the way, and a bit creepy at times. I say creepy because they use a skull and bones and pentagrams here and there. Mason's do not discuss religion nor politics with one another to keep the outside influences out. No specific religion is tied into being a Freemason. When taking the ritual when first becoming a Mason, your actually told to let your friends and family know exactly what happened during that ritual and to try to remember the details and explain them as best you can. The two things that are secret and held sacred, are the passwords and handshakes.
Why keep anything a secret? What's the point if it's not a secret to begin with? I guess for me it just doesn't add up. I think the Freemason's like any other group or society have secret groups among themselves. I think what I have the biggest problem with is the fact they are such a huge group that's world wide and hundreds of years old (founded in 1717),
consisting of members such as Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, and John Hancock. Founders of our country!! Why is there no mention in the history books we grew up with in our pubic schools? Why? Maybe there is something to hide besides just passwords and handshakes. Look around where you live and you'll start to see the symbols all around you. This is just the top of the rabbit hole, and it's a very long way down.