So what is Freemasonry? A quick answer is difficult to give because Freemasonry has many aspects of equal importance amongst which are fellowship, a philosophy of life, personal development, and benevolence.
In a nutshell it can be confidently said that:
‘Freemasonry is a brotherhood of good men meeting and working in harmony, teaching strong moral and ethical values in personal, family and community behavior and a code of caring for others’
And it could be shortened, as Bro Mozart put it, to:
‘Those who are working for the enlightenment and well-being of their neighbours – striving for the triumph of good’
In the never-ending quest to define: Freemasonry one expression is often used, which is an inadequate attempt to create a ‘sound-bite’;
‘Freemasonry takes good men and makes them better men’
Freemasonry is founded upon principles of tolerance, care, kindness, honesty and trust. These are timeless values that are as relevant to the world today as they were 300 years ago when the organisation was established.
The principle aim of Freemasonry is the promotion of universal and lasting happiness for all people.
Freemasonry is not a secret society.
Its workings and finances are on public record. But there are some traditional symbolic elements members are asked to keep confidential
Freemasonry has a registered charity. It does significant charitable work in the community but charity is just one part of the teachings of Freemasonry.
Freemasonry is not a benefit society. But the deep caring principle in Freemasonry is applied to it’s members as well as the community as a whole
Freemasonry is not a religion or sect. Men of all faiths are welcome to join but Freemasonry does not allow the discussion of religion or politics in its meetings as a means of maintaining harmony amongst all members.
Freemasonry is not a networking organisation
Using Lodge membership to promote your own, or anyone else’s business, professional or personal interests is strongly discouraged.