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The Secret And The Secret Society

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All relationships of human beings obviously rest on their knowing something about one another. Before the secret as a consciously desired concealment is taken up, it needs to be mentioned to what different extents different relationships allow the reciprocal knowledge of whole personalities outside their boundaries. Of the associations that still in general include direct interaction, the association for a purpose stands here at the top most undeniably, of course, in the form of pure money dues. The secrecy pertinent to societies is a primary sociological fact, a definite type and color of association, a formal quality of relationship, determining the disposition of the group or its elements in direct or indirect interaction with other such factors. Regarded historically, however, the secret society is a secondary formation, i.e., it originates always only inside an already established society.

Keywords: relationships of human beings; secret; society

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