What does “fraternal organization” actually mean?
It’s a group of people that got together for what purpose?
From what is being said about freemasonry and from some quick searching and browsing of college fraternities, I have come to the following conclusion:
To make your own “fraternal organization”, you need to
- Make up a ritual. Any ritual. The important thing is to *have * a ritual and to keep it secret from the outsiders.
- Pick a select few as members (who are honest, moral, intelligent, ambitious, etc)
Presto! You have a fraternal organization whose members feel a brotherhood and share a common experience by having gone through the ritual, something that no one else outside of your brotherhood knows about.
Is this it? Is the simple act of sharing a secret ritual just a mechanism of making people feel brotherhood?
Or do the rituals of some fraternal organizations contain some useful info and deep philosophical insights, and it is those “truths” that make the members feel part of a unique brotherhood? If this is the case, why keep these “truths” from the public?
I may be wrong, but it seems that secret rituals have value just by being secret rituals, without the need for any deep philosophical insights, which makes me doubt that any rituals do have them.