Do you openly tell people you are a mason?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Capricornguy, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Capricornguy

    Capricornguy Registered User

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    I posted in another thread about having a meeting with a relative and some other Past masters on a "pre-screen" about becoming a mason. Very nice meeting and nice group of people. So polite. I am looking forward to go through with it if the lodge they select will have me.


    Later that night I went on a date with someone they asked how the meeting went and what it was about. I told them "It was a masonic meeting sort of thing about becoming a freemason."

    I kid you not, this said person became infatuated and also offended speaking of government controlling mess, god, etc. Almost ruined the date until I kept trying to change the subject.

    Mind you this person has a graduates degree in english, is a teacher, and is going for a district position at her school or whatever.

    My guess is if I get initiated(hopefully). It's best to keep this thing under wraps? I am in my late 20s by the way.
     
  2. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    Even the most educated people fall into conspiracy theory traps...
    I wear a square and compasses pin every day. If asked if I’m a member I answer yes. When confronted with such nonsense I try to be reasonable but (as you’ll learn) it isn’t worth spending much time trying to change minds.
     
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  3. Capricornguy

    Capricornguy Registered User

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    Noticed that. During the pre-screen it seemed as if not much went on besides just getting away from the house after a long day.
     
  4. Winter

    Winter Premium Member

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    I used to try to educate people and dispell the myths about Freemasonry. Now I just lean into the curve and give them all the details they are missing in their conspiracies. LoL

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  5. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Almost?!?! Unless I was highly entertained by the insanity, I would have closed it down and gone onto better prospects.
     
  6. Howard Giang

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    Hi, yeah unfortunately. I think at least you knew how your date felt about your interest in Masonry. I prefer neither; however, either this or that, I prefer someone let me know if they oppose to my membership and/or talk me out of it rather than secretly determine that I will be an enemy and secretly undermine everything I do and try to destroy my career and reputation without I ever know who has done it.
     
  7. CLewey44

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    Maybe they saw it as flirting and trying to keep the convo exciting. However, if it wasn't that then you may have stumbled upon a great tool in screening out potential schizos and borderlines as significant others.
     
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  8. Capricornguy

    Capricornguy Registered User

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    Well how I view dates:

    The date might suck but at least the food is good.
     
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  9. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    How I view dates: Food is never a good reason for being with another. It is merely an activity to share because I want to be with that person.
     
  10. jermy Bell

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    Not really. I don't bring up in polite conversation. But if asked I do.
     
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  11. bro.william

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    I don’t go out of my way to hide anything. But neither do I go out of my way to volunteer. I work in a very public facing role where suspicion exists, which is why i only talk on a directly-asked basis. But by the same token, people do talk and there’s not much I can do about it, so I reckon that more people know than I realise, and that is perfectly fine with me. I know what I am. And I know what freemasonry is about. And that is enough.
     
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  12. David612

    David612 Registered User

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    I’m often wearing a Masonic pin or hat but we don’t really have an anti Masonic sentiment in Oz
     
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  13. Thomas Stright

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    I have the Square and Compass tattooed on my right hand....Kinda of hard for people not to notice.
     
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  14. Capricornguy

    Capricornguy Registered User

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    Damn that's rough. I got my first tat on my ankle when my mom passed. Couldn't imagine the hand.
     
  15. Thomas Stright

    Thomas Stright Premium Member

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    I have 14 tats and have found behind the knee to be the worst.


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  16. Matt L

    Matt L Site Benefactor

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    I wear a hat, pin or polo shirt. I try to educate folks that ask me about it. I even have a Masonic license plate, the money goes to our widows and orphans fund. I lost a friend when he saw my license plate, he told me his preacher brother said we were a cult. He walked away, doesn't even wave anymore when he drives by the house.
     
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  17. JanneProeliator

    JanneProeliator Registered User

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    If anyone asks I tell them straight that I am a mason.
    I also have square and compass tattoed on my foot. My tat doesn't show if I'm wearing shoes or socks so not so many have seen it yet.
    I just joined Widow's Sons and will be wearing WS cut while riding once I get that.
     
  18. Bostonian

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    While some people know that I am a mason, I do not tell folks that I am out of the blue . I do not have tattoos, nor do I wear a ring, and nor do I have a license plate with the square and compass. However, I do have a polo shirt and a T-Shirt that shows the lodge, but that is to the extent of it.

    However, if someone does ask if I am one (by some off chance), I will always be more than happy to talk about it.
     
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  19. Keith C

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    I never hide it, wear a Scottish Rite ring, usually a S&C ball cap, sometimes a shirt with a S&C, and have a S&C and Scottish Rite emblem on the back of my car. I meet far more fellow Brothers than I get wackos talking to me.
     
  20. bro.william

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    My observation is that – conspiracy theorists and religious anti-masons aside – in America, freemasonry is more generally trusted and more often assumed by Joe Average Non-Mason to be benign, or even positive, than it is here in Britain. That factor frees y'all up to wear S&C gear more readily than most masons would over here. (That, and the fact that Brits aren't quite as demonstrative with their various social affiliations, anyway.) It's a shame that this kind of silly suspicion still exits (although the UGLE has been making deliberate efforts to counteract this). That said, I do as a daily thing wear my grandfather's masonic ring, which is very subtle and probably not easily spotted, but if someone were to spot it and ask me about it, I'd be happy to tell them my story.
     
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