(ORDO NEWS) — The Freemasons managed to remain the most mysterious society for hundreds of years. But what is the real background of this secret organization?
Freemasons are familiar to us from films with REN TV, but what is this secret organization really?
Popularly known for their white aprons, mysterious symbols, and secret handshake, the Freemasons are members of the world’s oldest fraternal organization.
Despite its longevity, Freemasonry (known for the most part as simply Freemasonry) has long been shrouded in mystery. To outside observers, the rites and practices of the organization may seem strange and even ominous.
This is partly due to Freemasons’ often deliberate reluctance to talk about the organization’s rituals to outsiders.
But part of the perception of the organization is the result of many popular films and books, such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which have contributed to misconceptions or portrayed the secret society in an unflattering light.
In reality, however, Freemasonry is a worldwide organization with a long and complex history. Its members included politicians, engineers, scientists, writers, inventors and philosophers. Many of them played a prominent role in world events such as revolutions, wars and intellectual movements.
In addition to being the oldest fraternal organization in the world, Freemasonry is also the largest such organization in the world, with an estimated 6 million members worldwide.
A fraternal organization is an organization made up almost exclusively of men who come together for mutual benefit, often for professional or business reasons. However, today women can also be Freemasons.
But Freemasons act not only exclusively in their own interests. They also pursue higher goals. They are connected by secret initiation rites and rituals, and it is also believed that the members of the organization contributed to the promotion of the Enlightenment, promoting such principles as anti-monarchism, republicanism, meritocracy and constitutional government.
Members of the society are encouraged to believe in a higher being, who is known in Freemasonry as the “Great Architect of the Universe”.
This Great Architect is comparable to a deistic creator rather than to God, as Christianity presents him. The concept of deism, which originates in the 17th century, promotes the idea that a higher being is like a higher “watchmaker” – a deity who created the universe, but does not play an active role in the life of his creatures.
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