What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is an ethically-philosophically oriented organisation concerning itself with the here and now. Freemasonry is ethical, social, integrative practice – not theory. Freemasonry’s core content is the human being in relation to himself, his environment and the cosmos. For more than 300 years, Freemasonry has been organised in today’s structures divided in lodges and Grand Lodges.
Freemasonry aims to motivate its members to align their behaviour and their dealings with themselves and their individual environments according to moral standards. Therefore it supplies the individual with the means to conquer their own path of life. The aim of masonic practice is to strengthen one’s character and figuratively and literally make them a better person. Masonic symbols are connected to the constant demand to improve oneself and one’s relationships to others.
Building upon this, one learns to measure one’s own actions by ambitious moralistic standards. The Masonic educated ‘better person’ is urged to contribute to an improved world.
Freemasonry is neither a concrete behavioural pattern for an entire society nor is it dogmatic. It is always anchored in reality. The masonic conception of man has a special place in European thought. Purely philosophical systems or religions tend to practice differentiation and focus on the opposites, dividing the world into supporters and opposition. Masonic thought is entirely focused on connecting and integrating features.