Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with mutual improvement of moral and spiritual values which its members are encouraged to put into practice in their daily lives.
There are three great principles of Freemasonry that have endured for many years and, whilst they may seem old fashioned, are still as relevant today as they were when first conceived:
Brotherly Love – characterised by tolerance and respect for others and their opinions and behaving with kindness and understanding towards all people with whom we come into contact throughout life.
Relief – practising care and charity towards our own members and the community as a whole; giving some of our time and attention to care for those who are less fortunate and for the good of our communities; and personal charitable giving, without detriment to our families.
Truth – Freemasons aim to achieve personal integrity by maintaining high moral standards in their own lives and all their activities.
Freemasons believe that through the daily practice of these three great principles, men may achieve self-improvement and higher standards in life.
In simple terms these principles may be summarised as:
Freemasons are expected always to treat others as they would like to be treated in similar circumstances.
Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.
— Brother Douglas MacArthur