I've always wondered about this, ever since one of my friends was in Job's Daughters and my dad's coffee buddy was a Mason.
So for those of you that are a part, I need my curiosity satisfied if you would be so kind as to oblige. (Caveat: No disrespect is intended. I'm sincerely curious.) I noticed that you were a Mason, Phoenix400 and thought you might be cool with me asking about it.
What made you interested in joining?
- service club aspect?
- business connections?
- feeling of brotherhood?
- the history and mysticism?
- friend or relative who had been in it?
- flattery because it's by invitation only?
How do higher up people decide which branch to go into (I think it's Scottish Rite and ????)
Do you feel funny about the possibility of wearing a fez one day and do the fezzes come with those fancy hat boxes or are they sold separately? (I was at a funeral of a Mason guy and was quite surprised that everyone had hat boxes!) Who manufactures fezzes?
Why the dastardly threats of things that will be done to people if they tell Mason secrets? Do people kind of laugh at the over the topness of them or do they feel quite serious about it? Are there any teeth behind it? (Like "accidents" that seem to happen to those that tell).
What do you do at meetings other than initiate new people? Is it sort of like attending a meeting, or more like going for coffee with your buddies?
What are the perks of being a Mason?
Have any women lobbied to be part of it, or are they content with Eastern Star etc spinoff organizations?
Are certain personality types more attracted than others to this group?
If you decide to quit, do you have to formally let anyone know, or do you just not attend anymore? Do they make you turn in your stuff?
How old do you have to be to join? Is it mostly old guys?
Would you consider your organization religious or no?
What's up with the aprons?