1. Freemasonry doesn’t measure a man’s worth by his achievements, worldly materials or what he has accumulated; he is measured by his character and morality.
2. The fraternity transcends religious, political and ethnic bias. The Requirements for eligibility are his inner qualifications.
3. The Craft requires a belief in a “Supreme Being”, but the decision as to who or what that Supreme Being is or the secular system the candidate belongs to, is solely an individual choice. Freemasonry does not dictate or force a belief system upon an individual, any such action would be deemed un-masonic.
4. Freemasonry although philanthropic, is not a philanthropy organization. The fraternity chooses the charitable causes that it donates to. This decision is broken down on many levels from blue lodge, grand lodge and appendant bodies. A blue lodge may choose to assist their local community while an appending body, the Shriners for example, have the Shriners Hospitals. To discover what Freemasonry and its appendant organizations contribute to see our Masonic Charities Pg.
5. While some religious organizations may have preconceived notions towards dual membership in both their organization and the masonic body, Freemasonry does not. The fraternity does not look at what church, temple or group a man adheres to, nor will it impact his eligibility. They may ask for the simple purpose of inquiry and educating the candidate on masonic history ensuring he knows what he is getting into and how his affiliation with masonry could effect his relationship with other organizations.
6. The teachings and lessons will only work if the candidate opens his heart to the precepts. Anything less is unproductive for himself and the Craft. The job of a mason is Work; if he is stagnate or not working, he should reevaluate his trestle board. You can spot this in the simple complaint, “I’ve learned nothing new”.
7. Freemasonry is not for everyone, the Craft requires your time… your free time at that. In a time when we’re juggling everything from family life and work, you must ask yourself: Do you have the time? While your desire may be to join just for the sake of joining it takes a considerable amount of time. By joining and never showing up, helping with events and the success of the lodge you’re doing the lodge a disservice.
8. The Craft is a life long fraternity and brotherhood. This is something that upon inquiring, a man should reflect on.
9. Freemasonry requires tolerance and an open mind; bigotry, racism and discrimination have no place in the fraternity. This is not to be taken that a member should only practice this precept “In Lodge”, but on the contrary, this should be practice in every aspect of a mason’s life. This isn’t to say he cannot form an opinion but that opinion should always be weighed with logic, reason and the precepts of the Fraternity.
10. Mason’s are very passionate about what they do, never under estimate what an old master mason can accomplish when he puts his mind to it.
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