Scientology is a secret society
You are among us. As our neighbors, work colleagues, friends. The Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Scientologists, Neo-Illuminati and Templars, "Bonesmen" and all the members of esoteric, magical mystery cults with exotic fantasy names. Secret societies are booming. They haunt our lives in popular literature from Harry Potter to Dan Brown's bestsellers and their film adaptations. Because they operate in secret, they provoke myths and conspiracy theories: They direct the fate of the Vatican. You set the agenda of the American president. And they are the masterminds behind wiretapping scandals, financial crises and wars. In short: all you want is to rule the world. What happens in secret leads to suspicion and speculation. It was not without reason that Helmut Schmidt called on the brothers in a speech to the Hamburg Freemasons to open up. Because until now their press office was called “Office for Defense”.
Especially on the World Wide Web, you think you are in a parallel world. There is shockingly unexplained information in the relevant forums. Not only a disturbed Norwegian mass murderer imagines himself to be a Knight Templar. It is teeming with secretive societies. Secret societies such as the supposedly surviving Illuminati and Templars, orders - the German Order still exists, but is not a secret society -, brotherhoods, fraternities, the Bilderbergers - the "cartel of power" -, the Yale Club Skull & Bones, sects like Scientology, Lodges like the Freemasons, P2, Black Hand or the Rosicrucians and pure service clubs like Rotary or Lions are cheerfully mixed up. Counterworld or mere network - it is often difficult for outsiders to distinguish between them.
The tickle beckons
The tickling stimulates to be accepted into a conspiratorial alliance after secret initiation rites, united by the vow of silence and obedience. The secret, hidden, incomprehensible to the uninitiated captivates, especially through the exclusion of the uninitiated. Mysterious rites, secret knowledge, hidden codes, encrypted identification marks and symbols, stealthy signals, confidential passwords and slogans, exclusivity of membership - all of this is fascinating about discreet societies and arouses interest. And ensures a crowd. The feeling of being something special, of belonging to an alleged elite of the chosen, the knowledgeable, is very cleverly conveyed by the secret societies.
The question may be of interest: What are the times when secret societies flourish? Are there “good” and “bad” leagues? What is there in the underground of secretive societies that may be up to evil? For the individual but also for society? And: Is Rotary also a secret society, even a sect, as some outsiders suspect?
As a reaction to the fear of many people about the dangers of "so-called sects", the German Bundestag saw itself prompted to set up the study commission "So-called sects and psychogroups". How difficult it is to assess various groups can already be seen in the preface to the final report, Bundestag printed paper 13/10950 of June 9, 1998: “Our society has been experiencing profound changes since the end of the 1960s. Formerly clear guidelines in lifestyle, value retention and meaningfulness are becoming increasingly non-binding ... This leads to great uncertainty. As a response and reaction to this development, a now unmanageable number of new religious and ideological communities and psychogroups has emerged in the last 20 years. Some of them offer alternative living environments in which affection, community and orientation are sought, also 'refuge' from the demands of society ... "
The following are the distinguishing features of a sect from other secret societies:
- the curtailment of (freedom of expression and freedom of movement) of the individual
- unconditional obedience
- Personality cult around the leader
- economic exploitation of the individual
- high potential for conflict between a dependent member and his or her relatives
- almost insurmountable hurdles for an intentional exit.
Sometimes there are also allegations of uncontrolled leadership power and sexual abuse.
Is Rotary a sect?
These presumed or actual identifying marks clearly distinguish sects from religions such as Catholicism (let's ignore the personality cult around the Pope), from secret societies such as Freemasons and Rosicrucians or service clubs such as Rotary, Lions and Zonta. Members of these groups can leave the communities at any time; no one forces them to disclose and donate their assets; the presidents are elected and change annually; each member can live where they want and work what they want; and be religiously bound as you please. Spouses are welcome and families are invited to many events. So clearly to all outsiders: Rotary is clearly not a sect!
But maybe a secret society? Are there any differences between Freemasons and Rotary, for example? Yes, that too is clear: Unlike the Freemasons, Rotary now accepts women as equal members, it is not about secret initiation rituals in the temple by candlelight, about stealthy identification marks and hand movements, not about the steps to be achieved from journeyman to master. You do not have to work on the rough stone, on yourself, you are not sworn to any given opinion, and you are not obliged to maintain secrecy. On the contrary: Rotary deliberately and successfully goes public with aid campaigns such as the global eradication of polio. In contrast to sects or secret societies, the difference in thoughts and beliefs, beliefs and views is wanted in order to be able to get involved with the other. There is nothing secret about the fact that professional connections are sometimes made, it happens in every golf or rowing club. That's why they are far from being secret societies.
So much for clarification. But what kind of times are these when “real” secret societies gain access? Secret societies are not a modern invention. Even in the Roman empire of the soldier emperors, the mystery cults with their secret rites such as the Mithras, Christian or Isis cults were popular in times of doubts, unrest and civil wars. Secret societies such as Freemasons and Illuminati also flourished during the times of revolutions and Enlightenment in the late 18th century. Traditional social and religious ideas dissolved. The previously valid worldview was shaken by the Enlightenment. Even today, many have the feeling of uncertainty and upheaval with which we feel left alone. The church can no longer convey salvation to many, the state no longer has ideals, and there are hardly any extended families. Where should I find “refuge from the demands of society” in which I no longer feel at home in times of globalization with its changing structures, ideals and ideologies? A vacuum always attracts something new. The search for economic, (world) political and private security and meaning increasingly leads into the esoteric, spiritual and into the supposedly protective arms of secretive communities.
It is no coincidence that Mozart's “Magic Flute” and the American Declaration of Human Rights speak of “the pursuit of happiness”. Both are written with a Masonic background.
It corresponds to the human being to want to belong to the elite of the “knowing”. Learning the secret of the very emotional initiation rites - which at Skull & Bones supposedly go hand in hand with obscene acts and confessions - strengthens the alliance. To be chosen as a member of a discreet covenant means: You will never be alone again. There are rules and guidelines that classify life, protection and custody in all situations. You are at home in a community of like-minded people, forged together by secret knowledge and experience.
But what is it about the conspiracy theories of "world domination" by secret societies? You start to brood when you consider how many American presidents were Freemasons or "Bonesmen" that Silvio Berlusconi belongs to the Masonic Lodge P 2 (Propaganda Due), which is now operating underground and which in turn was supported by the CIA, whose bosses in turn "Bonesmen “Are like Bush Senior. The fact that Bush Junior and the incumbent Secretary of State Kerry, who faced each other as presidential candidates in 2004, are both members of Skull & Bones makes some speak of an exhibition match. The scientist Alexandra Robbins, who has dealt intensively with the secret society of Yale University, judges: "Without Skull & Bones such a mediocre and incompetent politician as George W. Bush would never have become President of the USA."
The question remains: what connections are there between the richest and most powerful men in the world and their lodges? What do you “network” with? Yes, there are “good” and “bad” secret societies. Reason enough to take a closer look.
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