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...and the holy royal arch completes the 4th degree. Anthony Sayer or maybe it was Dr James Anderson who left us that gem in the first constitution. Easier to ignore that resolve, this short phrase provides a reminder. We may not need to understand in order to know something.  From this point, like so many curiousities of life, a lot depends on a mans intellectual ability and desire for knowledge determining how to resolve this type of question.  Ignorance is bliss when wisdom is folly; the company we keep either helps us explore or suppress.

Continental drift provided the Scottish Rite to take root in the new continent, on a vast scale that suited the social, political and cultural needs of North America. Just enough of Europe to be authentic, articulated in North America by north americans.

Capitular masonry is significant in Britain, to a greater extent than across North America. Is it then reasonable to speculate that Scottish Rite has became an erzatz masonic body without the distraction of Royal Arch Masonry because 3,000 miles of Atlantic ocean separated and isolated.