At some point in history, man found a way to bond with his fellow man, in an exclusive grouping system with organization and benefits. Whether it is early man as a clan or primitive humans staying together for safety and food, humans are drawn together because we are naturally social beings. Over the history of time, humans have found many ways of making themselves part of a lager whole in order to put themselves better off then being alone. In the early years of our great nation, our founding fathers found that being part of the Masons was not only helpful but made them more powerful, more exclusive, and more favorable to trust in a time where trust was something to be won and not just handed out. Fourteen of our nation's Presidents as well as numerous other important and influential citizens have also been Masons, parts or founders of more modern Fraternities and social organizations, and important inventors, scientist and cultural icons.
[...] The list of Masons and members of other fraternal orders in our nations history will forever be changing, with new members every year it is the worlds largest fraternal organization. And with new pledges every year, fraternal organizations will continue to grow and expand forever. Who knows, perhaps someone writing on this subject twenty years from now will be writing about someone you know, someone you met. The history of our nation will forever be changing, and as long as there are individuals who stand out against [...]
[...] In today's America, one could certainly say that food would rank if not top, very close to the top, and it being a subject I greatly enjoy, certainly it would be wrong not to include fraternal effects on American food culture. Everyone likes fried chicken and cheeseburgers. We Americans consume an unruly amount of food, fried food especially. And wouldn't you know that two of Americas most loved fast food icons are both hugely successful Masons. Dave Thomas, founder of one of the best fast food companies in the country, was more than just a burger and fries kind of guy. [...]
[...] On top of that, the social constraints they produced managed to create a class of men who only trusted each other, and because of the wealth and power that they controlled, subsequently devised a power system by which others would see only those few who had such stature as ‘fit' for government services. Masons in government also were in cahoots with one another. Now you might think that this is about to go on one of those conspiracy theory trails, but when you examine the simple fact that even today, a large number of people in the government who hold top positions are still Masons makes you wonder how they get those jobs. [...]
[...] The adventurous Daniel Boone, though mythologized by early American writers, was not only a real person but one of the first settlers and explorers of the Kentucky valley. Mark Twain, or more correctly Samuel Clemens, writer of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and many other great American works was also a Mason, though his membership is debatable. Albert Graham, a Mason, started the youth 4-H organization in an attempt to organize children at a younger age and begin them in the idea of organized academic practices. [...]
Online readingwith our online reader
Content validatedby our reading committee