Jan 23, 2020, 8:54 AM
—“Free maronry became distorted in the early 1800s. You cannot place pre 1800s masons in the same basket as post 1800s masons.
In the early 1800s Free Masonry started using a ritualized form of pseudoscience. This began instructing it’s members in a less empirical method and towards a more hermetic method. Without clear categories, relativism will over time dissolve meaning (nihilism).
That’s my understanding of what went wrong.”—Andrew M Gilmour
Freemasonry like many men’s organizations is an attempt to create the loyalty of military organizations in peace time, and on civic matters rather than in war on military matters.
Western religion evolved from extending the rituals over death into the initiatic brotherhood of warriors where other religions evolved from more abstract supernatural demands.
The high-cost of required behavior(ritual) in joining mens organizations are a means of filtering out those with low agency so that the organization is least subject to undermining by the weak.
Anglo/Dutch aristocracy vs
Germanic (Prussian,Austrian,German) Aristocracy vs
Spanish Aristocracy vs
Italian Aristocracy vs
French Aristocracy vs
the rest – minor aristocracies as well.
All faced slightly different problems and opportunities.
The Anglos relied heavily on technology sail and armies. The French on wealth sail and armies, The germans almost entirely on armies, etc. Each was more or less imprisoned by the corruption of the church. Each had a more or less mobile workforce. Each had a more or less literate workforce. Each had more or less national (communal) aspirations.
Freemasonry provided a loyalty system other than family and military that was more ‘honorable’ than the corruption of the church and the court.
There appears to be little meaningful difference between the pre-collapse men’s cults (Mithras, Sol Invictus) and restoration men’s cults (Freemasonry), other than freemasonry was even purer in european physicalism.