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Things you didn't know about Freemasonry
Freemasonry is a fraternal society organized on a multi-level system that its members must access in a hierarchical form during their lifetime membership. The society of Freemasons mimics the early medieval unions of Freemasons - hence the name – and it is represented at a worldwide level. The history of this organization is shrouded in mystery, and various conspiracy theories have often been implied the influence of freemasons in world-changing events throughout history. Here are a few exciting facts about Freemasonry that you can use to impress your friends and escorts:
The first known account on Freemasonry is dated to 1717 when the Grand Lodge of London was created. Freemasons believe in freedom of speech, social equality, democratic values and scientific research. One of their central creeds is "Let a man’s religion or mode of worship be what it may!” which is meant to protect the members’ freedom to practice a religion while still being part of a lodge along with his escort. Freemasons also believe that a member must show relentless loyalty to the organization and complete support for its actions.
Contrary to general belief, Freemasonry is not a secret organization that acts as a driving force behind humanity’s course. Freemasons are free to mention their affiliation to the organization and to talk about their actions within the fraternity. However, they are forbidden to reveal any of its secrets to anyone, including their family or their loyal escort from Berlin . Many believe that this level of fidelity is what kept the organization alive for so many centuries.
Masons use a large number of symbols, rituals, and practices to define their affiliation and to communicate with each other. It is possible that two masons who have never met, and who do not speak each other's language to understand one and other simply by using the organization's symbols. Some of the oldest signs used by masons are the square and the compasses, which stand for morality and wisdom. With similar symbols, an experienced mason can escort another through an elaborated communication process, without even using words.
History is full of famous people that have joined the ranks of Freemasonry. No less than eight of the 56 individuals who signed the US Declaration of Independence were Masons. Among them were George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. In the 18th century, it was common for masons to talk about their affiliation openly. In the present day, however, few of the members talk about their loyalty to their lodge, and not even their trustful escorts know about this.
The US Grand Lodge denies the acceptance of women in the Freemasonry ranks. This rule was available for European organizations too, until the end of the 20th century when most of them allowed a minimum number of female members to be initiated every year by older members. Almost all women in Europe are eligible to become Freemasons, regardless whether they are scientists, escorts or mere housewives.