Chapter OneThe Dark ForcesAn understanding of the forces that have shaped the events of the twentieth century is predicated not on facts to belearned, but rather on secrets to be discovered.-Author UnknownThe invisible society is a secret and most august fraternity whose members are dedicated to the service of a mysteriousarcanum arcanorum.-Lectures on Ancient PhilosophyThe story you are about to read is incredible but true. It will challenge everything you believe. It is about secretsocieties, how they have directed the course of civilization and how they influence your life today. Most people don'trealize they exist because their minds have been conditioned to reject any thought of such organizations. Manly P. Hallwas often cited as one of the foremost authorities on esoteric philosophy, and when he died The Scottish Rite Journalreferred to him as Masonry's Greatest Philosopher.  In his book, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, he traced thehistory of esoteric societies through the ages and revealed that they have left hidden clues to their existence in pictures,woodcuts, books, and architecture. You see their symbols every day, but don't recognize them. Whenever you look atthe back of a dollar bill you see their emblem, but you don't realize that it represents the Mystery Religions of antiquity.I want to introduce you to three concepts and three poems that will help you understand the story you are about toread.The first concept is:An understanding of the forces that have shaped the events of the twentieth century is predicated not on facts to belearned, but rather on secrets to be discovered.-Author unknownI have studied history for over fifty years, and the longer I live the more convinced I have become that it is impossibleto grasp what is taking place today without an understanding of the secret societies. As you read this book, you willlearn about a number of them, and how they have fashioned the modern world.The second concept is:Men and women become accomplices to those evils they fail to oppose.-Author unknownOnce you recognize what is happening, you have a moral obligation to become involved. Perhaps all you can do is tellothers, write letters, or contribute financially to those who are working to expose what is taking place. If you choose todo nothing, you become an accomplice to evil, and one day will have to answer for your failure to act.The third concept is:The price that good people pay for their apathy and indifference to public affairs is that they are ruled by evil men.