Albert Pike – morals and dogma

Albert Pike (1809-91) was a 33rd degree freemason and a sovereign grand commander in the Scottish rite of the brotherhood. Both the craft and Pike are regarded with suspicion in conspiracy circles and the man’s name is often associated with Lucifer, the illuminati and various nefarious activities.
Masonry seems to have been infiltrated, like everything else, by the parasites who control the earth and will undoubtedly have been corrupted by the falling moral standards of the wider society, but this does not mean that the founding principles of the organisation were necessarily malevolent. There is a great deal of misleading propaganda about Pike name and his writings bear no relation to the supposed evil plotter of world domination. The world would be a much better place to live if those within it read, and heeded, the words within his seminal work “morals and dogma”.
The following is but a small taste of the wisdom within….

On institutional and political corruption…
“When office and wealth became the gods of a people and the most unworthy and unfit most aspire to the former, and fraud becomes the highway to the latter, the land will reek with falsehood and sweat lies of chicane”
“When the great heart and large intellect are left to rust in private life, and small attorney’s, brawlers in politics, and those who live in the cities would be only clerks of notaries, or practitioners in the disreputable courts are made national legislators, the country is in her dotage even if the beard has not yet grown upon her chin”.
“When a nation becomes possessed with a spirit of commercial greed, beyond those just and fair limits set by a due regard to a moderate and reasonable degree of general and individual prosperity, it is a nation possessed by the devil of commercial avarice, a passion as ignoble and demoralizing as avarice in the individual; and as this sordid passion is baser and more unscrupulous than ambition, so it is more hateful, and at last makes the infected nation to be regarded as the enemy of the human race”
“It is lamentable to see a country split into factions, each following this or that great or brazen-fronted leader with a blind, unreasoning, unquestioning, hero-worship; it is contemptible to see it divided into parties, whose sole end is the spoils of victory, and their chiefs the low, the base, the venal and the small. Such a country is in the last stages of decay, and near it’s end, no matter how prosperous it may seem to be”.

On government….
“When Solon was asked if he had given his countrymen the best laws he answered “the best they are capable of receiving”
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”

On God….
“Man never had the right to usurp the unexercised prerogative of God, and condemn and punish another for his belief”.
“The Deity of the early Hebrews talked to Adam and Eve in the garden of delight, as he walked in it in the cool of the day; he conversed with the Kayin; he sat and ate with Abraham in his tent; that patriarch required a visible token, before he would believe in his positive promise; he permitted Abraham to expostulate with him, and to induce him to change his first determination in regard to Sodom; he wrestled with Jacob; he showed Moses his person, although not his face; he dictated the minutest police regulations and the dimensions of the tabernacle and its furniture, to the Israelites; he insisted on, and delighted in sacrifices and burnt offerings; he was angry, jealous and revengeful, as well as wavering and irresolute; he allowed Moses to reason him out of a fixed resolution utterly to destroy his people; he commanded the performance of the most shocking and hideous acts of cruelty and barbarity. He hardened the heart of Pharoh; he repented of the evil that he had said he would do unto the people of Nineveh; and he did it not, to the disgust and anger of Jonah. Such were the popular notions of the Deity; and either the priests had none better, or took little trouble to correct these notions; or the popular intellect was not enlarged enough to enable them to entertain any higher conceptions of the Almighty”.

On faith…
“Reason is at fault when it deals with the infinite. There we must revere and believe. Notwithstanding the calamities of the virtuous, the miseries of the deserving, the prosperity of tyrants and the murder of martyrs, we must believe there is a wise, just, merciful, and loving God, an intelligence and a providence, supreme over all, and caring for the minutest things and events. A faith is a necessity to man. Woe to him who believes nothing”.
“What is certain, even for science and the reason, is the idea of God is the grandest, the most holy, and the most useful of all the aspirations of man; that upon this belief morality reposes, with its eternal sanction. This belief, then, is in humanity, the most real phenomena of being; and if it were false, nature would affirm the absurd; nothingness would give form to life, and God would at the same time be and not be”
“Without a belief in Him, life is miserable, the world is dark, the universe disrobed of its splendours, the intellectual tie to nature broken, the charm of existence dissolved, the great hope of being lost; and the mind, like a star struck from its sphere, wanders through the infinite desert of its conceptions, without attraction, tendency, destiny, or end”.

On the human soul…
“Heavenward, the ancients struggled in vain to express the nature of the soul by comparing it to fire and light. It will be well for us to consider whether, with all our boasted knowledge, we have any better or clearer idea of it’s nature and whether we have not despairingly taken refuge in having none at all”.

“To seek to subjugate the will of others and take the soul captive, because it is the exercise of the highest power, seems to be the highest object of human ambition- it is at the bottom of all proselyting and propagandism”.
“Like the belief in a Deity, the belief in the soul’s immortality is rather a natural feeling, an adjunct of self-consciousness, than a dogma belonging to any particular age or country. It gives eternity to man’s nature and reconciles its seeming anomalies and contradictions; it makes him strong in weakness and perfectible in imperfection, and it alone gives an adequate object for his hopes and energies, and value and dignity to his pursuits. It is concurrent with the belief in an infinite, eternal spirit, since it is chiefly through consciousness of the dignity of the mind within us that we learn to appreciate its evidence in the universe.”

On personal conduct……
“A new commandment give I unto you: that ye love one another. He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, remaineth still in the darkness”
“(Masonry) is engaged in her crusade, – against ignorance, intolerance, fanaticism, superstition, uncharitableness and error”.
“The injuries done us by the base are as much unworthy of our angry notice as those done by the insects and the beasts; and when we crush the adder, or slay the wolf or hyena, we should do it without being moved to anger, and with no more feeling of revenge than we have in rooting up a noxious weed”.
“Wide-spread selfishness, dishonesty, impertinence, libertinism, corruption and crime, will make it (life) miserable, and bring about dissolution and speedy ruin”.

On self-sacrifice…
“The enthusiast, who imagines that he can inspire with his own enthusiasm the multitude that eddies around him, or even the few who have associated themselves with him as co-workers, is greviously mistaken; and most often the conviction of his own mistake is followed by discouragement and disgust. To do all, to pay all, and to suffer all, and then, when success is accomplished, and a great work done, to see those who opposed or looked coldly on it, claim and reap all the praise and reward, is the common and almost universal lot of the benefactor of his kind.”
“All men who deserve to live, desire to survive their funerals, and to live afterword in the good that they have done mankind, rather than in the fading characters written in men’s memories. Most men desire to leave some work behind them that may outlast their own day and brief generation. That is an instinctive impulse, given by God, and often found in the rudest human heart, the surest proof of the soul’s immortality, and of the fundamental difference between man and the wisest brutes. To plant the trees that, after we are dead, shall shelter our children, is as natural as to love the shade of those our fathers planted. The rudest unlettered husbandsman, painfully conscious of his own inferiority, the poorest widowed mother, giving her life blood to those who pay for the work of her needle, will toil and stint themselves to educate their child, that he may take a higher station in the world than they;- and of such are the world’s greatest benefactors”.
“He who does good, only to be repaid in kind, or in thanks and gratitude, or in repetition and the world’s praise, is like him who loans his money, that he may, after certain months, receive it back with interest. To be repaid for eminent services with slander, obloquy or ridicule, or at best with stupid indifference or cold ingratitude, as it is common, so it is no misfortune, except in those that lack the wit to see or sense to appreciate the service, or the nobility of soul to thank and reward with eulogy, the benefactor of his kind. His influences live, and the great future will obey; whether it recognize or disown the lawgiver”

On the power of the written word….
“The spoken discourse may roll on strongly as the great tidal wave; but like a wave, it dies at last feebly on the sands. It was the written human speech that gave power and performance to human thought. It is this that makes the whole human history but one individual life”.

On truth….
“We are all of us, though not equally, mistaken. The cherished dogmas of each of us are not, as we freely suppose, the pure truth of God; but simply our own special form of error, our guesses at truth, the refracted and fragmentary rays of light that have fallen upon our minds”
“Long before the reformation, a monk, who had found his way to heresy without the help of Martin Luther, not venturing to breathe aloud into any living ear his anti-papal and treasonous doctrines, wrote them on parchment, and sealing up the perilous record, hid it in the massive walls of his monastery. There was no friend or brother to whom he could intrust his secret or pour forth his soul. It was some consolation to imagine that in a future age some one might find the parchment, and the seed be found not to have been sown in vain. What if the truth should have to lie dormant as long before germinating as the wheat in the Egyptian mummy? Speak it, nevertheless, again and again and let it take it’s chance! “

On cognitive dissonance….
“There is a water plant, on whose broad leaves the drops of water roll about without uniting, like drops of mercury. So, arguments on points of faith, in politics or religion, roll over the surface of the mind. An argument that convinces one mind has no effect on another. Few intellects, or souls that are the negations of intellect, have any logical power or capacity. There is a singular obliquity in the human mind that makes the false logic more effective than the true with nine-tenths of those who are regarded as men of intellect. Even among the judges, not one in ten can argue logically. Each mind sees the truth, distorted through it’s own medium. Truth, to most men, is like matter in a spheroidal state. Like a drop of cold water on the surface of a red-hot metal plate, it dances, trembles, and spins, and never comes into contact with it; and the mind may be plunged into truth, as the hand moistened with sulphurous acid may into molten metal, and be not even warmed by the immersion”.