Many people ask what is Freemasonry? How do I become a Freemason? Most Freemasons have a difficult time with this type of question. Freemasonry is a complex subject and certainly deserves more than a simple sentence or two, so most Freemasons tend to be tongue tied over what to say. They have difficulty expressing the depth of their feelings in a way that makes sense to the person asking the question. In general, Freemasonry has been characterized as a fraternity devoted to high ideals and admirable benevolence whereby community service and charitable work are, in fact, principal Masonic activities. Over the years hundred of articles and writings has been written that express the essence of freemasonry. The following and future articles will help describe what Freemasonry is and what it means to a Freemason.
Flattering as it may be to the human mind, and truly honorable as it is to receive from our fellow citizens testimonies of approbation for exertions to promote the public welfare, it is not less pleasing to know that the milder virtues of the heart are highly respected by a Society whose liberal principles must be founded in the immutable laws of truth and justice. To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished that the conduct of every member of the Fraternity, as well as those publications that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the great object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race. [GEORGE WASHINGTON]
As a fraternity, Freemasonry provides an opportunity for men to meet and enjoy friendly companionship. In the spirit of helpfulness and brotherly love and guided by strict moral principles it encourages goodwill toward all mankind. Freemasonry is of a personal nature in its private ceremonies. Its ritual dramatizes a philosophy of life based on morality. It promotes self- improvement. The tools of operative masons are used to symbolize and teach the basic principles of brotherly love, charity, and truth, which Masons are encouraged to practice in their daily lives. Charity is a tangible way in which Masons help those whose circumstances in life fairly warrant it.
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