"Freemasonry is a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols"
Freemasonry is one of the worlds oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, charitable organisations. Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Acting with tolerance and respect towards the opinions of others and entails an obligation to behave with kindness and understanding to our fellow creatures.
The regular practice of charity. To endeavour to remind ourselves the needs of others can someday be our own. Only through giving can we ever hope to receive.
All Freemasons strive for truth in all their lives. Holding themselves and their Brothers to high standards of moral conduct both personally and professionally.
Freemasonry teaches a newly made Brother a moral viewpoint along with an ancient story, through a series of short plays; which Masons call 'Rituals', wherein the individual is a participant in the story. These rituals are memorised and recited as near to verbatim as can be achieved - ensuring the tradition is passed on through a dedication to each Brother who is experiencing this story for the first time, on the part of the officers performing the ritual.
The stories themselves are freely available on the internet, however most Brothers will agree that for anyone interested in the craft, these are best experienced first hand in order to have true worth.
This method of transferring an experience, as opposed to just wrote knowledge, is largely lost amongst modern society and serves as a deeply profound experience.
Every Brother takes something slightly different away and it is through sharing this with each other that the aforementioned principles emerge as behaviour, to the benefit of all.
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