RELIEF The Freemason is by nature and teaching a charitable man. He
will cheerfully and kindly assist those less fortunate (whether
Freemasons or not!). He will care for and support his community -
local, national and international.
TRUTH The Freemason
believes in Truth in all things in honesty and integrity in his
personal, business and public life, in fair dealings and in firm
standards of decency and morality.
As every man progresses
in Life by education so every Freemason is taught how he can be a
better Man. his is done by a series of degrees - each degree
educates him and answers some questions but leaves a door beyond.
When the candidate has grasped the teaching of one degree, that door
is opened by his progress to the next degree. Freemasonry is
believed to have begun its evolution 500 or more years ago among the
bands of working, skilled builders known as "masons". The
traditional framework into which most Masonic degrees are woven is
the story and symbolism of King Solomon's Temple. The connection of
Masonic teachings to the building of that great edifice comprises a
system of education related to the traditional craft of masons and
interesting to the candidate - and therefore more likely to be
effective in his development.
Freemasonry and Religion
A man's religion is
precious and personal to him. Discussion on matters of religion
often causes arguments and many wars have been fought ostensibly to
impose or defend one religion against another. As he loves all his
fellows, understandably Religion is a topic which the Freemason, in
that capacity, is just not allowed to discuss - nor would he want
to. Freemasonry is certainly not a Religion. It has no "Masonic"
God. When Freemasons pray together, as they do in their lodges, each
is addressing his personal Supreme Being. So Freemasons of many
creeds can in love and fellowship meet and pray together,
irrespective of their individual religions. The Holy Book (known as
the Volume of the Sacred Law) of each religion represented in the
Lodge is open during meetings. It is common for 5 or 6 different
V.S.L.'s to lie open during Lodge meetings abroad.
Freemasonry and Politics
For much the same
reasons as above the discussion of political matters among
Freemasons is absolutely prohibited. A man's politics are his own
concern and the Craft, being completely non-political, will never
interfere in the world of Politics nor will the Grand Lodge of
Scotland express any views on political ideology or theories.
Freemasonry and Secrecy
It is often wrongly
stated that Freemasonry is a Secret Society. There are many
thousands of books on Freemasonry openly available in libraries
everywhere. The Masonic Temple is usually a conspicuous building in
most communities. In Scotland many lodges advertise and publish
details of their meetings in the local press. The Museum and Library
of the Grand Lodge of Scotland are open to - and used by - members
of the public who are not Freemasons. Are these the hallmarks of a
Secret Society? The truth is that the principles and many of the
practices of Freemasonry are anything but secret. Members are
perfectly free to make it known that they are Freemasons. The only
Masonic "secrets" are just those methods which members of various
degrees throughout the world use to recognize and greet each other.
It's as simple as that!
Freemasonry is an
ancient and honorable Society. Its principles are just steady
standards of life and conduct in a changing world. The practice by
the Freemason of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and the other
principles of the Craft will go a long way to making a good man