A Brief Introduction
“Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Its members and organizations can be found in every free country in the world. Freemasons associate with other men who believe in such things as: honor, integrity, patriotism, toleration, truth, compassion, friendship, trust, and knowledge. We firmly believe these tenants are important assets that every man should possess and strive for in their daily lives.”
Often, Freemasonry is described as: “A system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.” One may also frequently hear the term: “Taking good men, and making them better.” Such expressions are ways of trying to define to the outside world a system of Fraternity that is actually not a “secret society,” but rather “a society with secrets.”
These quotes are certainly not meant to confound or confuse the genuinely interested with regards to the Fraternity. However, it is extremely difficult to put into words what one must experience and interpret for themselves (hence, the use of symbols). If an explanation of what Freemasonry truly “is” were offered here, it would simply be a reflection of one individual’s interpretation and assessment of what the Fraternity and its symbols and teachings are to him.
That said, we hope that our website will provide the visitor with at least some idea of the structure of the Fraternity as well as some of the defining practices and principles of the Brotherhood.