Freemasonry is one of the worlds oldest secular fraternal societies; it is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stomemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life; it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
The Three Great Principles
For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.
Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care – not only for their own – but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. this work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Why join Freemasonry?
People have their own reasons why they enjoy Freemasonry. The following is a sample of some of the reasons given:
- Brotherhood – making new friends and acquaintances from all walks of life, every background and age group.
- Achievement – progressing through the various offices in the Lodge to become Worshipful Master.
- Charity – being able to contribute to deserving causes, both Masonic and non-Masonic.
- Education – learning from peers and mentors by practising ritual and making short speeches.
- Knowledge – finding out about the history and mysteries of Freemasonry.
- Self improvement – making a contribution to your family and society.
You can find out more about Freemasonry on the United Grand Lodge of England website.
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