Freemasonry is the largest and oldest secular fraternal order in the world, crossing all religious boundaries to bring men together of all countries, sects, and opinions in peace and harmony. It is a universal brotherhood, dedicated to serving the Divine by service to family, country, and all mankind.
Freemasonry is founded on the three Grand Principles, namely Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Living today in a “throw-away society”, Freemasonry teaches about the intrinsic value of people and the meaning of relativism over personal individualism within the absolute framework of the Universe.
Self-described as a “system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols”, Freemasonry has often been the source of much speculation. The real nature of Freemasonry is the spiritual force behind each member, allowing them to improve themselves morally and reach their fullest potential by associating with other like-minded men who are similarly motivated to improve themselves and be of service to the community.
Charitable works are done by all lodges throughout the world for charities or the community at large. Freemasonry also acts as a social organisation, promoting interaction between like-minded men within the lodge to build bonds between them. By fostering this brotherhood unique relationships are made, such that even meeting outside of the comforts of the lodge the bonds remain and genuine affection prevails. Wherever traveling, Masons meet and greet other Masons as brothers as a result of these bonds.
Freemasonry opens men’s eyes to the knowledge that the road to happiness is found within ones self and the inner journey of the perfection of the spirit, intellect & soul. Differing from religious institutions, Freemasonry sees all men as equal, allowing no divisions to be drawn or exclusions to be made based on individual beliefs. Fellow Freemasons are regarded as brothers because of the rituals of Freemasonry, which have remained virtually unchanged for many hundreds of years. By accepting men of all faiths, together in Freemasonry they learn and grow with the truths of morality and brotherly love; all expressed through reverence to the Supreme Being.