I will admit, I am not very girlie-I am a science/tech/theatre nerd, so to me the parties gave off a rather cultish undertone-"Which can be easily blended out with their foundation and concealer sticks" They scared me more than any masonic ritual, and I went home and curled up in a fetal position and watched reruns of Star Trek (with a new blusher and mascara). By the way, I love that you are doing this apprenticeship program-it sounds like a great opportunity. The Masons are far removed from the actual work, but it has been a fantastic discussion.
I am a single mom too, and I understand where you are coming from for the career change-I just moved the family halfway across the country and away from my family for a higher paying position, but it was the best thing in the world for me to do. It is scary to move out of a comfort zone, especially if you have little people depending on you to not make too many mistakes. I have made a few leaps before and have become quite the expert in instigating and surviving dramatic life changes. With your writing ability, you may also want to think about getting some project management experience through the apprenticeship program if it is available as time goes on. Just being able to think things through in any project has gotten me overly busy at the theatre as a stage manager for a side gig.
I was working beside the second oldest Freemasons lodge in the world today.......and if you would like to join.....you must be a theist though...click me
My friend was really trying to get me to join before he was aware that I had become an atheist. Once he found out he never pressured me about it again. But even when I was a Christian I was repelled by the secrecy and the air of cultishness that in my opinion they've done nothing to discourage.
I remember when they were trying to do PR years ago by saying something like, "We're not a secret society, we're a society with secrets." That's like churches that are tying to do damage control today by saying they're not religious.
no, I'm afraid as a non american, I'm unable to see much of a paten between them. a couple I know of, a couple stand out for reasons I cant put my finger on and the rest I have no idea of.
"Notice anything strange about this list?.... :-) lol"
No, sorry. Can I ask for help?
I'd always just assumed that all the secrecy surrounding all these "Orders" was the working men's response to the gentlemen's clubs where they wouldn't have been allowed. "Oh yeah, well WE have an exclusive club, too, and YOU can't join and we're not sharing all of our cool secrets and handshakes".
"Them and Us" is pretty in-built in humans. But I would have thought that, like so many of our baser instincts, this instinct would tend to be superseded by increasing civilization.
I don't see that anyone has actually addressed your question. Though Free Masonry has some historical connection to masons, there is no modern connection. Free masons tend to be business people and use this "club " as a major networking device. There is no way these guys would ever get their hands dirty laying bricks.
"These days, I think there'd be the same odds as a tiler or brickie being a mason as someone that worked with computers, or trained animals. In other words, I don't think you could assume the guy that built your house is in the masonic any more than the guy that delivered you mail this morning."
Sorry, I did burrey that one under a load of other stuff so was easily missed.
1. It doesn't make sense that the Free Masons would ask you to join them. Here's what I've gathered from this thread:
-They're no longer closely tied to the masonry trade.
-They tend to invite people who have networking currency (up and coming businessmen and political leaders).
-They don't let you in if you have ovaries.
So, I have to wonder if this is a scam. Is the apprentiship program paying YOU or are you paying THEM?
no such thing as a 'silly question' you wanted to test what was a fair assumption based on what you knew. I see it as a very intellectual question.
It wasn't silly! I think I misunderstood what you were asking. I thought someone was inviting you into the Free Masons and offering job training. My bad!