A Brother(?) Asks: If you are not a freemason and you going around wearing a freemason pendant, what are the consequences of being something you're not?
My Response: First off, you're not being something you're not. You're presenting yourself to be something you're not. There is a difference. I shall take it though by your zinger question that the reason for wearing the pendant is to hold yourself out as something you are not and that the wearing of such an item is for that sole purpose.
In your stated case, it's like anything else that you do in life where you put yourself out there as one thing when you are truly something else, you'll eventually be shown for who you are (and aren't) by those who are what you are not.
And this is not limited to wearing things physical. This includes unearned titles that you might be tempted to wear, knowing full well that, in spite of what you are told by others who do the same, you should not be wearing because you truly do not represent what the title denotes.
And no matter what the case, other than this inevitable and totally avoidable embarrassment, you can expect a lot of awkward interactions and discourse with those individuals who may push the boundaries of sanity and civility due to their heavily biased indoctrination and untempered zeal. Trust me, once you experience this, it's not something that you will want to repeat, ever!
Of course, you might take such a deliberate action and you might impress those who don't know any better, at least for a little while. You can be assured that the eventual confrontations to which you'll eventually subject yourself will far outweigh any benefits you might believe you'll receive as a result of your actions.
I've responded to your question. Now I have questions for you to respond to in kind:
- Do you truly believe such actions and the eventual and unavoidable embarrassment and awkward discourse that one will wrought are truly worth the effort?
- What perceived emotional benefit drives someone toward even considering such an action?
- What's missing in anyone's life that would bring such an action to mind?
What Say You?
Brother John S. Nagy