This is my third article on the topic of Postmodernism and its devastating effect on the Craft. If you haven’t been following this series of articles, I recommend you read “Postmodernism and its Devastating Effect on Freemasonry” and “Characteristics of a Postmodern Freemason” before reading this article. Otherwise many of the points I make will not make as much sense.
Albert Pike perhaps said it best when he wrote, “What, in fact, is a despot, spiritual or temporal, but a crowned anarchist?” Of course this could be interpreted differently, but I see it as a spiritual battle. Let me explain further.
After some study and reflection, I discovered a connection between the words Anarchist and Antichrist; and this connection is widely used by our popular culture today. Case in point, check out this song by the Sex Pistols, its called “Anarchy In The UK.”
Please read the lyrics carefully. Can you see the correlation between Anarchy and Antichrist:
Lyrics to the song “Anarchy In The UK:”
Right now ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
I am an anti-Christ
I am an anarchist,
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I want to destroy the passerby
‘Cause I want to be anarchy,
No dogs body
Anarchy for the U.K.
It’s coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time, stop a traffic line.
Your future dream is a shopping scheme
‘Cause I want to be anarchy,
In the city
How many ways to get what you want
I use the best, I use the rest
I use the enemy.
I use anarchy
‘Cause I want to be anarchy,
Its the only way to be
Is this the MPLA
Or is this the UDA
Or is this the IRA
I thought it was the U.K.
Or just another country
Another council tenancy.
I want to be anarchy
And I want to be anarchy
(Oh what a name)
And I want to be an anarchist
(I get pissed, destroy!)
This popular song is certainly reflective of Postmodern thinking, education and to be honest it’s an obvious effort to program the masses against seeking Divinity; i.e. Postmodernism.
You see, “The word ‘antichrist’ combines two roots: αντί (anti) + Χριστός (Khristos). ‘Αντί’ can mean not only ‘against’ and ‘opposite of,’ but also ‘in place of.’ “Χριστός”, translated ‘Christ,’ is Greek for the Hebrew ‘Messiah.’ Both ‘Christ’ and ‘Messiah’ literally mean ‘Anointed One.” Whereas, Anarchy can be defined as “the condition of a society, entity, group of people or a single person which does not recognize authority.” In short, both definitions are one in the same; Antichrist is against the anointed or the one chosen, just like Anarchy means not recognizing authority.
I wrote in my article “Postmodernism and its Devastating Effect on Freemasonry” that Postmodernism can be defined as:
“a late-20th-century movement in the arts, architecture, and criticism that was a departure from modernism. Postmodernism includes skeptical interpretations of culture, literature, art, philosophy, history, economics, architecture, fiction, and literary criticism.’ Better yet, “it can be described as a set of critical, strategic and rhetorical practices employing concepts such as difference, repetition, the trace, the simulacrum, and hyperreality to destabilize other concepts such as presence, identity, historical progress, epistemic certainty, and the univocity of meaning.’ Did you catch that? In short, Postmodernism ‘can be described as a set of critical, strategic and rhetorical practices… to destabilize concepts such as presence, identity, historical progress.’ This destructive thought process is all part of an academic effort to destroy ‘Traditionalism, which can be defined as, ‘Adherence to tradition, especially in cultural or religious practice,’ or ‘A system holding that all knowledge is derived from original divine revelation and is transmitted by tradition,’ like that of Freemasonry.”
You see, Freemasonry teaches the opposite of Anarchy. Nevertheless, we have within our ranks those who espouse the tenets of Postmodernism, which is nothing but Anarchy disguised as new and fresh ideas. These agents of change use terms like progressiveness, needed reforms and modernism. I hear it all the time, we need to change and update our appearance and views in order to attract the youth. Sadly, many within the Craft accept these comments as fact and go along to get ahead. But when we allow such behavior to occur, we are actually diluting our message and ultimate value.
Whereas, Albert Pike instructed us to be on the watch for such novel ideas. In fact, he used the two words Anarchist and Anarchy at least nine times in his book Morals and Dogma (1871), like when he wrote, “There is no evil that is not preferable to Anarchy” (1871, p. 97). Did you catch that? Pike wrote that evil itself is preferable to Anarchy. For you see, truth itself can become perverted, “Unfortunately, as Truths always become perverted into falsehoods, and are falsehoods when misapplied, this Truth become the Gospel of Anarchy, soon after it was first preached” (p. 24).
Freemasonry teaches structure, not Anarchy; social cohesion, not disorder:
“Society, in its great relations, is as much the creation of Heaven as is the system of the Universe. If that bond of gravitation that holds all worlds and systems together, were suddenly severed, the universe would fly into wild and boundless chaos. And if we were to sever all the moral bonds that hold society together; if we could cut off from it every conviction of Truth and Integrity, of an authority above it, and of a conscience within it, it would immediately rush to disorder and frightful anarchy and ruin. The religion we teach is therefore as really a principle of things, and as certain and true, as gravitation” (p. 196-197).
We do not side with a political party or a religious sect; no, we side with the moral authority of governance:
“Masonry, not in anywise derogating from the differing duties which the diversity of states requires, tends to create a new people, which, composed of men of many nations and tongues, shall all be bound together by the bonds of science, morality, and virtue. Essentially philanthropic, philosophical, and progressive, it has for the basis of its dogma a firm belief in the existence of God and his providence, and of the immortality of the soul; for its object, the dissemination of moral, political, philosophical, and religious truth, and the practice of all the virtues. In every age, its device has been, ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,’ with constitutional government, law, order, discipline, and subordination to legitimate authority–government and not anarchy” (p. 220).
Furthermore, as Pike wrote earlier, “What, in fact, is a despot, spiritual or temporal, but a crowned anarchist,” so to did Eliphas Levi confirm, “Those two blood-hungered monsters, despotism and anarchy, will tear themselves to pieces, and annihilate each other, after having mutually sustained each other for a little while, by the embrace of their struggle itself (The Key of the Mysteries, 1861, p. 31).
Unfortunately, there exist,
“men who wish to realize salvation by faith alone, because charity escapes them, and who can no longer realize it, even upon the earth, for their pretended sacraments are no longer anything but allegorical mummeries; they no longer give grace; they no longer make God seen and touched; they are no longer, in a word, the signs of the almighty power of faith, but the compelled witnesses of the eternal impotence of doubt” (Eliphas Levi, The Key of the Mysteries, 1861, p. 42).
How often are we told that Freemasonry is not at all religious, despite the fact many of our greatest Masonic authors proclaim otherwise; like that of Albert Pike:
“Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are instruction in religion. For here are inculcated disinterestedness, affection, toleration, devotedness, patriotism, truth, a generous sympathy with those who suffer and mourn, pity for the fallen, mercy for the erring, relief for those in want, Faith, Hope, and .Charity. Here we meet as brethren, to learn to know and love each other. Here we greet each other gladly, are lenient to each other’s faults, regardful of each other’s feelings, ready to relieve each other’s wants. This is the true religion revealed to the ancient patriarchs; which Masonry has taught for many centuries, and which it will continue to teach as long as time endures. If unworthy passions, or selfish, bitter, or revengeful feelings, contempt, dislike, hatred, enter here, they are intruders and not welcome, strangers uninvited, and not guests” (Albert Pike, M0rals and Dogma, 1871, p. 213-214).
Albert Mackey wrote in his book An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences that “Masonry may rightfully claim to be called a religious institution” (1912, p. 618). Furthermore, Joseph Moody also claimed in his book, The Origin of Free-Masonry (1852), that Freemasonry was formed as a religion, “We have, we think, successfully proved, and we have abundant authority for the same, that, Freemasonry in its origin was religious, and this principle serves as a faithful guide to its condition and history throughout all its ramifications, and by whatever name it may have been designated” (p. 44).
Think about it, the biggest Postmodern hoax committed by the Craft has been against itself; and that is the belief that we are simply a fraternal organization, with no religious components or tendencies, which has lowered our value substantially. Oh! How have we been deceived! Where did such ideas originate? Surely, not from our own history, which tells a different story. One only needs to follow the allegorical path established within our own symbols and rituals to find religion, or as Pike wrote above, “This is the true religion revealed to the ancient patriarchs; which Masonry has taught for many centuries.”
In conclusion, before we can truly realize any sustainable growth, and a true cultural value again, we must first analyze what we have done to ourselves. Upon reflection, our declining numbers is nothing but the symptom of a disease that we allowed to infiltrate the Craft, i.e. Postmodernism; but more on that next month!
So Mote It Be!!!
PS: Think about it, the Craft hides the truth from its own initiates, and why do we do it. It’s obvious, to hide our secrets from the PROFANE! Yes, even those Despots who have infiltrated the Craft and dismiss our true value and history. So before you dismiss the religious components within Freemasonry, reflect! Or as Eliphas Levi wrote, “TO KNOW, TO DARE, TO WILL, TO KEEP SILENT.” Here are a couple allegorical songs to end with and reflect upon; simply listen to the words and relate them allegorically to the lies we tell initiates and the general public, and why we do it and its necessity, which has led to a division with the Craft. Again, more on that next month.