- With investigating human personalities, their formation, causes, results, seeking to resolve them further.
- With the constitution of human nature in general.
- It investigates the reasons, motivations of human actions.
- Exercises the classification and exploration of human inclinations: how these may the guided, awakened, and extinguished.
- Familiarizes itself with old and new systems of ethics and philosophy, such as Stoicism, Epicurean, etc.
- Explores examples of these in ancient and recent history.
- Researches pleasing and displeasing social interactions from principles and better, from one’s own experiences or the experiences of others.
- Investigates the origin and mode of development of our judgments and opinions.
12. The superiors will provide books and further instructions for this.
13. Everyone is to serve his family as a good father, husband, son, master, and servant.
14. And above all, the Order recommends the Golden Temperance: without having passed sufficient tests in this regard, all paths to the higher classes are barred.
15. So that everyone makes a habit of good domesticity, everyone must immediately procure a money box and hand the key over to his superior. Everything that was spent on unnecessary entertainment is put in this box. At certain times, such as March 21 and September 23, the superior and the candidate will open it together, and that which is less than one Carolin, belongs to the Order; foe every man, the remainder will be saved for a future emergency, or for his heirs after his death, if he does not wish to make other arrangements himself. On demand, a certificate regarding his surplus will be issued, that he has to send a certain amount to this person or another. Such a certificate will be signed by two Brothers of the Order. If he resigns form the Order, these funds are issued to him, also in case of emergency.
16. The Order frowns on the practice of excess in eating, drinking, and apparel. Our motto is: quo simplicius, eo melius .
17. It is our duty to combat error, prejudice, and malicious intentions as much as we can, and everyone must seek to advance highly in self-knowledge, the investigation of one’s weakness, and ill-considered tendencies.
18. To this purpose, everyone shall hand a sealed sheet to his superior at the end of each month, which indicates:
- What he considers to be a prejudice.
- In whom he has seen such.
- Which prejudices he has discovered in himself.
- Which of these are his governing prejudices, and their number.
- How much of these he has weakened, or even extinguished.
19. Anyone who is sympathetic toward us will doubtlessly share with us his discoveries, inventions, secret relationships and in return, the Order promises solemnly not to abuse this.
20. Silence and secrecy are our Order’s heart and soul. Only toward superiors is reasonable candor virtuous; toward other Brothers of the Order, reasonable discretion and mistrust are the cornerstone and a basic requirement, so that they do not become weary of and disgusted with one another. Therefore, do not reveal the least important circumstances, e.g. how long you have been in the order, your fellow-Brethren, your degree, etc. without good cause.
21. The length of time you will have to remain in this class is undetermined. In most cases, this depends on the zeal and ability of each member.
22. Should your promotion not occur so soon, do not grumble about this, dearest Brothers! Rather think that nothing happens without a cause, and that no new creature appears in the edifice of the world, unless just as many others have perished first, in order to bring this about.
23. In addition, the Order has made it its highest duty to present to each man those truths necessary for his bliss in a agreeable and tangible manner, and in a manner tailored to each man’s standing, so that these presentations may easily be transformed into desires and actions.
24. It is to this purpose that the members continually practice writing essays. At times, they are also given questions they must resolve and elaborate upon. The best treatises are rewarded with promotion to the higher classes.
25. Thus every one of us makes it his business to lift up his office and his art or craft toward the higher perfection of liberty.
26. The degree one occupies is forever hidden from the others, and one only reveals it to equals.
27. To this end, no one shall tell another how long he has been in the Order, who has accepted him, and so forth.
28. The Brothers of the current class maintain a watchful eye on those in the lowest degrees, and they report about their conduct either to their superiors or the entire assembly, and therefore the lesser ones must always be known to the higher ones. But this insight does not extend upwards, but they only know their superiors as their equals.
~~ Original Writings of the Illuminati, translated from German by Jeva Singh-Anand