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The freemasonry is not a secret society, it is a society with secrets - although with the ever increasing number of lodges and members, I am not sure whether the true spirit of freemasonry stands or if its secrets remain being so well kept. Notwithstanding, its influence remains spectacular in many corners of the world.
Other societies, far more secret, holding only one secret or two remain impermeable and may one day surpass the level of influence exerted by the freemasonry.
Competition is healthy, however occasional collaboration is even healthier, especially these days. Therefore, sharing intelligence is advisable.