Public recognition

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Andymac40330, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. Andymac40330

    Andymac40330 Premium Member

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    So before I became a mason I used to hear other masons talk about being able to tell if someone else was a mason or not just by looking at them. They would look at a guy in the mall and say "he's a mason!" Or see someone across a parking lot and say "I don't think that guys a mason" and neither party was wearing anything that screamed mason (hat, shirt, ring, etc.).

    Today I met a mason through a third party friend who casually mentioned that I was also a mason to which he replied "well I don't see anything that would give me that impression". My friend knowing I wasn't wearing a ring or anything else said "well he's not wearing anything today" and the guy says "he doesn't have to be" and kind of walks off.

    I haven't been instructed (unless I missed it) as to how this could be done? If anyone could clue me in it could eliminate a lot of confusion down the road. If this is a question better asked at lodge or answered through a P. M. then by all means let me know. I'm just a little confused by that whole transaction.

    In brotherly love...
    Andy
     
  2. Andymac40330

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  3. BroBook

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    I am not really sure my brother, this is my first time seeing one of your post I think , but when you enter a room you should greet them sincerely and wave, walking upright, but all that being said, it matters not whether others think you were I, p & r, as long as you were!!! WWE, AMEN,SMIB!!!
     
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  4. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Not knowing how you presented or carried yourself in the Brother's presence, it's impossible to say.
     
  5. Andymac40330

    Andymac40330 Premium Member

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    I introduced myself and shook his hand with a grip. But still nothing.
     
  6. Andymac40330

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    I am always respectful and courteous but not sure if I should act or look for people acting in a different manor?
     
  7. JJones

    JJones Moderator Staff Member

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    In my opinion, it's usually easier to tell who -isn't- a mason that it is to tell who is. Even that only works 70% of the time though, as some masons aren't very...masonic if they don't think any brethren are around.

    I wouldn't fret over the brother you mentioned. There are thousands upon thousands of other brethren out there and the majority of them are far more friendly than that.
     
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  8. Ripcord22A

    Ripcord22A Site Benefactor

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    Maybe he knew you were in the guard....lol
     
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  9. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

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    Men who are or should be Masons comport themselves well. Just enough to stand out in a group but not enough to stick out from the group. A bit more balanced and serene.
     
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  10. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin Eternal Apprentice Premium Member

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    If I was you I would call BS on them.
     
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  11. Warrior1256

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    Agreed!!!
     
  12. Warrior1256

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    Exactly!
     
  13. Andymac40330

    Andymac40330 Premium Member

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    He was very secretive and according to our mutual friend, always is. He asked me the age of my grandmother, which I was prepared for. Are there any other common sayings that I could use / encounter that I should be aware of? ( once again, feel free to direct me to lodge or PM for direction)
     
  14. ej6267

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    I think it's a little thing called Confirmation Bias, that most human tendency to recollect the hits and forget the misses.
     
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  15. Mike Martin

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    Ask him about his Lodge, ie name, number, when it meets and which Grand Lodge it operates under. That usually sorts the wheat from the chaff, as a pretending Mason will bluff whereas an actual mason will tell you freely.
     
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  16. Andymac40330

    Andymac40330 Premium Member

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    I tried looking up the lodge that he mentioned and couldn't find it, although I may have forgot the lodge number.
     
  17. BroBook

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    That could be the problem he is an impostor!!!
     
  18. Andymac40330

    Andymac40330 Premium Member

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    I hope not, but I suppose that could be the case. I've just never encountered someone so private and cryptic about their membership. I don't hide or deny my membership to this great fraternity to anyone.
     
  19. Travelling Man91

    Travelling Man91 Registered User

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    You didn't know we keep everything a secret, even with our own brothers. Lol
     
  20. Mike Martin

    Mike Martin Eternal Apprentice Premium Member

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    That reinforces my opinion that you should call BS on him.

    That is exactly how non-Masons imagine we are about our membership.
     
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