The ‚discrete society‘ has around five million members worldwide. Its beginnings date back to the 16th century when craftsmen and master builders in Europe began to organize themselves into guilds. The Freemasons see themselves as an ethical association and believe that constant self-improvement leads to more humane behavior. Members, including famous personalities such as Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Franklin D. Roosevelt, adhere to five ideals: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Tolerance, and Humanity.

Nevertheless, numerous conspiracy theories about the supposedly sinister intentions and activities of the Freemasons persist to this day. The constant repetition of these prejudices may give the appearance of credibility, but it does not make them any truer.