Our Moral Philosopy and what we stand for:
- in God.
- in the Brotherhood of Man.
- in service to those who are less fortunate.
- in helping young people get a head start in life.
- in Freedom.
Because of the way in which Masonry teaches - introducing the member to symbols and allegory and then asking him to reflect upon them and discover the lessons for himself - it is impossible to list all of the things a man can learn in the fraternity. Masonry is a process of self-discovery and self-awareness. But there are certain great lessons that, as almost all Masons would agree, form the basis of Masonic philosophy.
- that Human Beings are creatures of God.
Because God is our common Father, all men are brothers. The fact of that common heritage is more important than race, denomination, wealth, position, education, social status, or anything else.
- that Faith is essential to us if we are to be truly free.
Only the knowledge of the Deity in our lives can give freedom and provide us with a foundation for our morals.
- that Each person is entitled to dignity.
And no one, for any reason or under any pretext, has the right to compromise the dignity of another.
- that each man and woman is entitled to complete freedom of thought, belief, political expression, and speech.
No person, government, or earthly spiritual authority has the right to dictate the thought or belief of another individual. No tyranny that abridges these freedoms, no matter how benign, is ever acceptable.
- that it is the duty of every person to make the world better for others in every way he can.
- that it is the duty of each Mason to develop himself, through study, thought, reflection, conversation, and by every means he can find.
We are committed to intellectual, spiritual and emotional growth, and to growth as ethical, caring and compassionate men.
- that there are two natures in Man.
— an animal nature that is the result of our physical selves and
— a spiritual nature that is a gift from God. The two are usually in conflict within us. It is our duty to see that the spiritual nature wins.
- that each person has the responsibility to obey the law, and to seek to change it only through legal means.
Only in this way can society survive.
- that a Mason must know how to keep absolutely confidential the things others tell him in confidence.
Under no circumstances should a Mason ever spread gossip or slander. We cannot be true friends and Brothers if we cannot hold secret the things told to us which would cause pain to others if they were revealed.
-that Charity is an obligation on all Masons.
Charity is not just limited to giving money (many are not in a position to be able to give money). Charity can also be giving your time, having involved compassion, really caring about what happens to others, putting ourselves in their place and sharing in their sorrow or hurt.
- that there is no such thing as a “small” or “unimportant” act.
Every action we take affects both others and ourselves. We never have the luxury of acting without thinking.
- that above all things, Masonry teaches toleration.
We have seen the results too often in history of intolerance. The most deadly words known are “I know I am right and you are wrong, and I have the right to force you to agree with me.” Those words were spoken as men burned women and children at the stake because they disagreed on some point of theology, as Hitler sent millions of human beings to the gas chambers, as foolish, defenseless old women were hanged as witches, and as Stalin wiped out his political opposition. Masonry teaches that each person, each idea must be respected. No one has the right to be intolerant. Respect for others is a key lesson in our fraternity.
There are many other lessons in Masonry: lessons about the nature of the world; about the relationship between people, between people and God; and about responsibility.
- that Masonry is the study of the lessons of life.