Masons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom, a sort of bond that holds men together — a private friendship that tells us we owe it to each other to be just in our dealings and to refuse to speak evil of each other. Masons believe a man should maintain an attitude of good will, and promote unity and harmony is his relations with one another, his family, and his community. Masons call this way of believing in the Brotherhood of Man. It really means that every Mason makes it his duty to follow the golden rule. This is why Masonry has been called one of the greatest forces for good in the world.
Do you agree that man should show compassion for others, that goodness of heart is among the most important of human values?
Masons do. We believe in a certain reverence for living things, a tenderness toward people who suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to do right because it is right. Masonry teaches that although all men are fallible and capable of much wrong, when they discover the goodness of heart, they have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry helps men see their potential for deep goodness and virtue.
Do you believe that a person should strive to be a good citizen and the we have a moral duty to be true to the country in which we live?
Masons believe that a country is strong as long as freedom, equality, and the opportunity for human development is afforded to all. A Mason is true to his government and its ideals. He supports its laws and authority hen both are just and equitably applied. We uphold and maintain the principles of good government, and oppose every influence that would divide it in a degrading manner.
Masons know that self-development is more precious than money in the bank or social position or political power. Those things often accompany self-development, but they are no substitute for it. Masons work at building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works on building a house.
Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it, and to accept their help when you need it?
Masonry is mutual help. Not just financial help (although that’s there, too) but help in the sense of being there when needed, giving support, lending a sympathetic ear.
Masons are involved with the problems and needs of others because we know it gives each of us a good feeling — unlike any other — to help. Much of our help is given anonymously. We’re not after gratitude, we’re more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped another person overcome some adversity, so that their life can go on.
Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to himself but to others. We must do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment, working on civic projects, or helping children to work or read or see — the world should be a better place because we have passed through it.
Masonry insists on toleration — on the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social and political matters.
No atheist can be a Mason. Masons do not care what your individual faith is — that is a question between you and your God — but we do require that a that a man believe in a Supreme Being.
Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor, and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does?
Masons teach that principle. We believe that a life not founded on honor is hollow and empty — that a man who acts without honor is less than a man.
IF YOU ANSWERED “YES”, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BECOMING A MASON.
Freemasonry offers much to its members — the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference, to build a better world for our children. It offers the chance to be with and work with men who have the same values and ideals — men who have answered “YES” to these questions.
It’s easy to find out more. Just find a Mason and ask him about Masonry. You probably know several Masons. Perhaps you’ve seen the Square and Compasses like the one on this page or on a pin or tie tack or bumper sticker. If you know where the lodge is in your community, stop by or look up the number of your local Masonic lodge in the phone book and ask for the secretary of the lodge. He’ll be happy to help you.
The short answer is that no one knows. There are probably three leading theories among Masonic scholars, but no definitive answer has ever been found.
One theory is that it comes from the color of the sky, and relates to the old ritual line that the dimensions of a Lodge reach from the earth to the sky.
A second theory is that because blue is a traditional color symbolic of loyalty (e.g. true blue) the name was adopted by the Fraternity.
A third theory is that it comes from the blued steel legs of traditional architect’s compasses, which had steel legs and brass tops. Such compasses were often called “Yellow Jackets” because of the brass tops, and may be the source of an old Masonic catechism question and answer.
“Have you seen your master today?” “I have”
“How was he dressed?” “In blue and gold.”.
No. Some states have officers not found in the Oklahoma work, including:
- Master of Ceremonies
- Musician or Organist
- Inner Guard
- Outer Guard and others
The Rite of Discalcation is the removing of one or both shoes. It is a very ancient ceremony, suggesting either an entry into a sacred space or a binding agreement..
No, in spite of the language in the lecture on the letter G in the Fellowcraft Degree, placing the G in the East is not universal but is primarily an American custom. In most of the rest of the world the letter, or its equivalent, is suspended in the center of the Lodge or placed elsewhere in the Lodge room..