Why I chose Freemasonary
29 August 22
The first time I was asked why I had joined Freemasonry, I did not have a ready answer but after more than 60 years as a member, it is easier to give my reasons.
The vision of Freemasonry is to be recognised within the community as an organisation of high moral and social standards that benefits its members and the community. Its mission is self-development of the individual, well-planned and enjoyable lodge meetings, charitable activities within the community and increased membership in NSW and the ACT.
Let’s face a fact – Freemasonry is unique and cannot be considered like any other institution because it offers experiences not found anywhere else.
Freemasons are ordinary men in the community, 18 years and older, of all religions and backgrounds, who share a concern for human values, moral standards and the rights of individuals.
It offers members insight and knowledge of history and philosophy, an appreciation of ancient ritual and symbolic personal development, and hands-on involvement in charitable activities and community issues. Freemasonry also provides opportunities to socialise with men from all walks of life without religious and political barriers.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organisations. It provides a code of conduct based on moral and ethical standards for living in the society of today’s world. It is an organisation of men who strive to live by the fundamental principles of integrity, goodwill, and charity. It is a non-profit organisation that is heavily involved in supporting charity and community service. This can be seen by the frequent reports of aid given by lodges and districts in situations of flood, drought and bushfires.
In the Middle Ages, masons were known for their work in building castles and cathedrals and their knowledge of geometry, arithmetic and engineering. To protect these skills and pass on this knowledge to worthy apprentices, they formed lodges which also considered charity and benevolence among their traditions. Today there are many lodges which are actively involved in community affairs, especially children, the aged, medical research and the effects of natural disasters. For example, more than two million dollars was raised by Australian masons to help those affected by the Pacific tsunami.
Family and social life is another active masonic area because family and family life are important. Functions are organised to which families are often invited. Examples are picnics, special lunches and outings organised by a lodge or a district.
Masonic activity can improve self-confidence, speaking ability in lodge and in public, communications, tolerance and the making of new friends. It is not a religion, nor does it become involved in politics.
As stated earlier, Freemasonry is unique and is one of the few organisations which freely devotes its time and efforts to make the world a better place in which all people can live in harmony and peace. I have received pleasure from helping people in need and the knowledge that my efforts, in a small way, have made life happier for other people.
Although I didn’t realise it when I joined, that is why I chose to become a Mason.