So I talked with a friend of mine today who decided that free masonry was a cult that he left. He said that he is convinced they support bad things (examples included the mafia being the head of a lodge, encouraging sexual deviance, ritualism). He believes that they take away all that is yours and make it all about the masons... and went so far as to say he former profession offered success based on the fact that he was a Mason rather than merit.
Now, I always thought a secret society is a little sketchy, but I fully believed that masons simply supported one another.
I really don't know what to think. In the same conversation he showed signs of delusions though, so part of me is wondering if his experiences were actually real.
Any of you have experience or knowledge beyond this?
" Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background of countless minor scenes and interiors, (not the official surface courteousness of the Generals, not the few great battles) of the Secession war; and it is best they should notï¿½the real war will never get in the books." ~ Walt Whitman