Freemasonry is unique. It cannot be likened to any institution in that it offers experiences not found anywhere else.
Freemasons are ordinary men in the community, 18 years and over, of all religions and racial backgrounds, who share a concern for human values, moral standards and the rights of individuals. These individuals strive to live by the fundamental principles of integrity, goodwill and charity.
Freemasonry offers members an insight and knowledge of history and philosophy, and appreciation for ancient ritual and symbolism, personal development, public service and hands on involvement with charitable activities. Freemasonry is a non-profit organisation that is heavily involved in supporting charity and community service.
Freemasonry also provides the opportunity to socialise with men from all walks of life, without religious or political barriers and aims to unify men of high ideals regardless of colour, creed, race or worldly status.
Members are banned from any political or religious discussions whilst at Lodge, to ensure peace and harmony is constant. After the Lodge ritual is completed, members come together to share a meal, and family and friends are often invited to participate. Freemasons often refer to the term “meeting on the level and parting on the square” which means they meet as equals and part as friends.
Freemasonry can provide men and their families an enjoyable and active social life with like-minded people from all walks of life. Family and family values are an important part of a Freemason’s life.
It must be noted that as a Freemason, family is to be valued above all else and at all times should take prudence over his Masonic membership. However, it is important that a member’s family understand his Masonic association and support him in his development.
Freemasonry offers men an opportunity to develop the core values of prudence, temperance, fortitude and justice. Prudence is to help us make correct and just decisions; temperance keeps us on the straight and narrow; fortitude promotes self-confidence and strong self-esteem; and justice provides us with guidance in life.
Members are also provided with training in self-development, which includes public speaking, mentoring, tolerance, communication skills and self confidence.