7 May 1870
"Do you want to know what the Freemasons are nowadays? Then just look at the present ceremonial of the Christian Church. Look, it stands only for appearance, and this is also the case with the present Freemasons. Their emphasis is on empty ceremonies and phrases. They only pretend to help mankind, for although they have had kings and emperors and other eminent personages as their members, you can see from the behavior of the same how far the rights of mankind had been their paramount concern.
What I once said to the Essenes, namely that they should do nothing secretly, but should do everything openly, should also be said to these present Freemasons. Their principle is: The human rights of equality. All are supposed to be “brothers”. Indeed, this is what they were and are. But only in the Lodge proper: outside of it all equality ceases and the king is again king and the impecunious compared to him a nonentity, since he is only used as a means to an end.
Do you know what freemasonry should actually be? Even according to the articles of the present society, nothing else but the representation of the enactment of My second commandment, of neighborly love!
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