What is Masonry?
Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. It is comprised of adult men (18+) of good character from every country, religion, race, age, income, education, and opinion. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, his faith, his country, and his fraternity.
Masonry as Brotherhood
Brotherhood, while similar to friendship, is different. What it means is that Masons have sworn to support one another formally, and to treat each other well. While as a Mason, you are supposed to care about all humanity, you pay special attention to your treatment of your Masonic brethren. Additionally, you know that any other Mason will be striving the same as you, which creates a close bond and helps assure camaraderie.
Masonry and Charitable Relief
One of the basic tenets and the strongest standards of Masonry is the virtue of charity. It is a cornerstone of Masonic belief and a way to show your desire to be that person who helps others. This means not only the giving of money, but also generosity with your time and skills to those who need them. There is no clearer sign of a good man than his giving nature.
Masonry and Ethics (Truth)
As Masons, we always strive for self improvement. At the core, this is a quest for knowledge. Knowledge of self, knowledge of others, knowledge for the sake of knowledge alone. A Mason develops himself, his skills, and learns things every day in their pursuit of Masonry. These things range from leadership skills, to history, from the physical skills exercised as we help others and our community, to the deeper knowledge of those symbols and allegories by which we guide ourselves as Masons.