Almost everyone has sought to better themselves at one time or another. We, as Masons, seek to become the best possible version of ourselves. Like many people, Freemasons try to live in accordance with high moral principles as good citizens. As such, our members are taught how to be moral and upstanding men and Masons trying to practice the noble virtues of friendship, morality, and brotherly love daily.
They do not claim to have a monopoly on these ideals, but they do join together in lodges to help each other intensify their understanding of and dedication to these enduring values. The presence of men of such varied ages, personal and professional backgrounds, all meeting as equals, provides endless opportunities to gain insight into the lessons of life. You might think of it as a form of extended family. Freemasonry teaches and practices the principles and ideals of kindness, honesty, decency, courtesy, fairness, understanding and concern. It upholds the belief that we are all a part of a Brotherhood of Man under the Supreme Architect. Masons practice patriotism and shape their lives in accordance with the best practices of civilized society.
Those who study and learn our esoteric work, participate in our educational programs, and engage with the community become better husbands, fathers, and friends. Their charity is felt in their communities. And they serve as a guiding light for others to follow.
Talk to any active Mason and you will find that their journey has been highly personal and rewarding; something which cannot always be put into words.