Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest fraternity.
It is made up of adult men (eighteen years and older) of high moral character who come from all walks of life. The membership of Freemasonry is quite diverse as it encompasses men from all countries, races, education, income, opinions and vocations, all of whom believe in a Supreme Being. Freemasons profess a strong devotion for Faith, Family, Country and the Fraternity. The Freemasonic fraternity is based on three ancient institutional tenets:
- Brotherly Love
- and Truth
At it’s core, Masonry (which is the general name for Freemasonry) strives to provide an environment whereby men can build upon their character through a structured system of knowledge and ethics which holds the belief that each man, no matter his standing in life, can improve himself. “Making good men better” is a slogan so often associated with Masonry. This, however, is far more then just a mere catch phrase. Freemasonry advocates that each man holds a personal responsibility to himself and to his Divine Creator to become that better man.
Our instruction is given through a wonderful series of ritual, where various, metaphors, symbols and lessons are used. Each aspect of the ritual is designed to inspire and instill a understanding of how one may apply the presented knowledge to improve themselves. Masonic author, Carl H. Claudy, said it best when he described Freemasonry as “a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.”
The main principles of Freemasonry insist that each member show tolerance, respect and kindness in his actions toward others; practices charity and care for the community as a whole; and strives to achieve high moral standards in his own personal life.
Honor and integrity are at the core of the Masonic belief system. Members are obligated to practice self control and treat the people around them with respect, regardless of their own personal opinion of that person.
Freemasons do a lot of work for charities, including holding and participating in various fund raisers within the community to promote charitable causes.