—“Are we talkin about run-of-the-mill Freemasonry or high-level secret handshake Freemasonry?”—Leif Erickson
What’s the difference besides the personalities of the people who go to them?
Religiosity is driven not by intelligence per se, but by two factors: empath and neuroticism that influence how and what we learn.
So think of societies and religions as serving the empathic personality across a spectrum of low to high neuroticism.
Secret handshakes are higher trust providers at higher cost, and provide higher satisfaction because of more disciplined ritual to those with higher neuroticism.
Organizations satisfy demand.
Everyone wants everyone else to be satisfied on his or her terms.
It’s not complicated.