Livingstone here. Welcome to Masonology. The blog about Freemasonry and all things related to Masonic Self-Improvement, Masonic Thought, and the Freemason World.
“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
Voltaire was a Freemason however the records show it wasn’t for long as he asked his old friend Benjamin Franklin to make him a Mason. A few months later he died. However his experience with Masonry lasted most of his life, as many of his friends were powerful and influential Masons. Their relationships, the things they talked about, and the bond Voltaire had with them left such an impression that before he died he wanted to make sure the square and compass were a part of his life.
He was a philosopher, critic, reformer, writer, and so forth. In that time period, men wore many hats and studied themselves in the arts and sciences of many fields. Here is a quick description of him.
François-Marie Arouet (French: [fʁɑ̃.swa ma.ʁi aʁ.wɛ]; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by hisnom de plume Voltaire (pronounced: [vɔl.tɛːʁ]), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopherfamous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion,freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.
He was a man who lived his life as a Mason way before he ever became one. Voltaire wasn’t even his real name. It was a pen name he created to protect himself. Without the ability to shield his identity, he would have almost assuredly been arrested or even killed. We learn a lesson here about how important secrecy is for the common person to resist against the government. Only God knows all and rules over us in love and affection. A government of people who wishes to know all will assuredly destroy God and then rule over us in tyranny and suffering.
I talk about Voltaire because I want to talk about the topic of criticizing those in power. What is that saying again?
What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular.
– Albert Einstein
Einstein’s words could not be more apt. And today it must seem harder then ever to criticize those who we feel are in power. And each of us has a different perception of those who have power and thus we’re afraid to criticize.
It becomes a challenging and maybe even a soul crushing exercise. Knowing there is a force out there that is influencing our lives and we cannot fight back with our words. Even speaking in a civil way would be met with an emotionally charged response and social ostracizing. You would be considered radioactive. A society that thinks and works like this is like an infestation eating apart the insides of a tree. We cannot see it because no words are exchanged. But your heart and possibly the hearts of many others are being twisted as a result. And a twisted heart will eventually do one thing. SNAP!
So how do we respond? How do we stand for something that we deeply believe in yet we know others will feel otherwise on?
The first thing we should do is create a new identity. Livingstone…is not my real name. I’m sure you’re completely surprised. I’m not like Prince or Sher. I am just a man who lives in this world and only God and the NSA know who writes this blog. I have created my Livingstone identity in honor of Voltaire and how he approached things. Create a pen name and talk about the world without fear of social or government censorship and pressure. The blessing of the internet is that for that for a long time it has been extremely easy to create fictional identities to hide away from authority figures to criticize the system. Eventually the government was going to put a stop to this and here is where we are. The slowly tightening grip of the US government over the internet in the name of fighting terrorism, internet piracy, child pornography, cyber bullying and such is a good intent. We all want to fight those things. But consistently when you give a power like the government the charge to fight this war, every single time they take as much power as they can. People get confused sometimes when they see others resisting the government’s growing authority. They wonder why people would resist the government that is protecting them. Because one day we’ll be protecting ourselves from the government.
Secrecy is our first and most important element. In the NSA world where they are listening to everything, this may seem impossible but don’t forget a major thing. Only the NSA knows what you’re doing. No one else. You can still have a lot of influence at this point in our nation as there are many people in power who remain unaware of the information the NSA has at it’s disposal. So I would say to create a pen name such as Voltaire did and create a blog and get your thoughts out there. Then begin to share it.
Your first instinct is probably to share it on Facebook. But Facebook is becoming more and more this false reality, a place of fictional harmony to sooth people form the reality that the world requires painful personal responsibility. I know it must be annoying to watch that and not alert people on there. But Facebook right now is not the right environment. It’s a business. If it was a public trust this would be a different story. But ignore trying to get your message across there. It isn’t the place. And many people there are slowly starting to realize that.
And this is what I found on just a simple Google search. It was my first hit. They’re out there. I would even mention links like this on Facebook. People want to speak frankly and your unpopular ideas probably have a number of people who agree with them.
So you have created this face name and blog. Good work. You have also signed up to some social networks that are outside of StepfordWivesBook.com. You are posting your thoughts and ideas and meetings friends this way. Now we’re cooking!
Now of course there are a few trailing factors. Create a new email to sign up to this site. This should have been first but if you’re so fired up that you did all this before finishing the blog, then I would consider exercising a bit more temperance.
I would also do all this using Incognito Mode. What is this? Google Chrome has Incognito Mode.
Technically yes, but it is not perfect. Here is the name of it for all broswers.
Privacy mode is known by different names in different browsers:
|April 29, 2005||Safari 2.0||Private Browsing|
|December 11, 2008||Google Chrome 1.0||Incognito|
|March 19, 2009||Internet Explorer 8||InPrivate Browsing|
|June 30, 2009||Mozilla Firefox 3.5||Private Browsing|
|March 2, 2010||Opera 10.50||Private Tab / Private Window|
These are all good for quick work without someone illegally monitoring you. However if you really want to follow the steps of Voltaire, you’ll need better “browsing.” I already googled the answer for you.
Also, read the comments for more advice. Word of note, the people are joking about the magnet trick. I have to say that.
Now some of you may be wondering about all this obsession with history? Because it’s a natural right given to us by God. There are many reverences in various VSLs that talk about our private nature or of religious heroes hiding from the people that wish to harm them. Hiding is a normal part of the resistance process and secrecy is just a term that describes all forms of evasion.
So I will leave you with this. Voltaire resisted authority because he knew he would not survive if his identity was well known. And authority figures aren’t just the government, but crime rings, identity groups, wealthy groups, even individuals. You will find many times through life that there are people who will tell you they expect transparency and you should do the same. My word to you, keep up your due guard and be prudent in your transparency. For what is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right. And thus a little secrecy can hopefully one day make what is popular, also what is right.