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Anti-Scotism, the new term.

The Scottish Rite, is a distinct tradition in the world of Freemasonry, expressing rich philosophical content, a special management structure, and a unique approach to spiritual development.


This uniqueness and authenticity of the Scottish Rite, is not only a source of admiration but also envy, often leading to desperate attempts to imitate and copy.


The history of the Scottish Rite in Greece is indicative of this phenomenon. A period of strife and schism, caused by external factors, resulted in the creation of an illegitimate administration. This dispute, fueled for many years, ended with justice prevailing and reunification under the administration of the AASR Supreme Council.


However, the resolution of this controversy gave way to a new phenomenon: Anti-Scotsism.

Instead of a fruitful and creative acceptance of unity, external actors and certain individuals began to pressure and encourage resignations from the AASR, even among non-members, revealing a strategy aimed at weakening and undermining the Scottish Rite.


These efforts are aimed at establishing imitations and misleading schemes, which,

while they attempt to imitate the appearance and structures of AASR, they fail to replicate its deep inner dimension and authentic origin.

The Scottish Rite,, with its history and spiritual heritage, is not just a set of ceremonies and insignia, but a living tradition that deepens the spiritual understanding and growth of its members.


The value of the Scottish Rite, cannot be reproduced by superficial imitations. These efforts reveal a clear failure to understand the essence and significance of the Masonic tradition. The pursuit of authenticity, spiritual unity, and solidarity among members are fundamental values that distinguish the Scottish Rite, from other forms of organization and practice.


A return to unity and rejection of divisive practices and attempts at disempowerment is now vital. The strength of The Scottish Rite, rests on the unity of its members and their adherence to the principles and values that define it.

This unity and solidarity is the catalyst for the further development and strengthening of the Scottish Rite, in Greece and worldwide. Through shared commitment to the principles of brotherhood, self-improvement, and service to society, The Scottish Rite,can remain a beacon of spirituality and moral guidance.


Anti-Scotsism, and other challenges, must be met with openness, tolerance and education, encouraging debate and an effort to understand the deeper principles that guide the Scottish Rite,. Enhancing dialogue among members and spreading knowledge about the importance and value of the Masonic tradition can be powerful tools against attempts to undermine and misinform.


It is also important to emphasize, and I repeat, that the true values of the Scottish Rite, cannot be expressed through outward form or mere attendance at ceremonies. These values are embodied in the daily life of the members, in their personal development and in their contribution to society. The strength of the Scottish Rite, lies in its ability to inspire its members to become better people and make a positive contribution to society. It is a process of continuous learning and self-improvement that is not limited to the ceremony room but extends to every aspect of a member's life.


Challenges and rivalries, such as anti-Scotsism, offer an opportunity to redefine and deepen the principles that make the Scottish Rite, unique. Instead of facing these challenges with defensiveness, they can be the ground for strengthening the consciousness and social cohesion of the members.


The unity and brotherhood promoted by the Scottish Rite, are not mere ideals but living principles expressed through solidarity, love and mutual respect between members. These principles are at the core of the Scottish Press's endurance over time and the reason why its tradition remains important and relevant in the modern world.


In closing, the strength and vitality of the Scottish Rite,lies in the deep connection and intellectual depth it offers to its members.

Meeting the challenges with unity, dialogue, and a return to basics is the legacy that will continue to guide the Scottish Rite, into the future.

Through a commitment to self-improvement, brotherhood and spiritual growth, The Scottish Rite is not just a link between its members but a living tissue. It connects generations and cultures into a global community of people seeking inner unity and understanding of the world.


The challenge of Anti-Scotsism, like every other challenge the Scottish Rite, has faced in its history, is but an opportunity to demonstrate the power and value of true brotherhood and spiritual growth.

Through unity, respect and solidarity, The Scottish Rite,will continue to be a source of inspiration, leadership and shining example, both to its members and to the wider community.


Emm. Gerakios 33°


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