Masonry teaches love and kindness in the home, honesty and fairness in business or occupation, courtesy in social contacts, help for the weak and unfortunate, resistance to wickedness, trust and confidence in good men, forgiveness toward the penitent, love toward one another and, above all, reverence for the Supreme Being. One of the outstanding features of Freemasonry, and a quality almost unique amoung societies, is a rule of immemorial standing that no man may be asked, invited or solicited to enter the fraternity.
"Ask one to be one"
Anyone seeking membership in Freemasonry must ask a Masonic friend to recommend him. He must sign a petition stating his age, occupation, and place of residence.
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Principal Tenets of Freemasonry
The principal tenets of the craft are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
The primary objective of Freemasonry is to make good men better. To this aim, masonry teaches via symbols and catechism, and in the simple but effective lessons of work. Masonry employs working tools to convey messages and lessons, including the square, compass, and the trowel. These lessons are taught and illustrated in the three degrees of masonry: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master.
Many of our nation's early patriots were Freemasons, as well as 13 signers of the Constitution and 14 Presidents of the United States including George Washington.
Today, the more than three million Freemasons around the world come from virtually every occupation and profession. Within the Fraternity, however, they all meet as equals. They come from diverse political ideologies, but they meet as friends. They come from virtually every religious belief, but they all believe in one God.
One of the fascinating aspects of Freemasonry has always been: how so many men from so many different walks of life can meet together in peace, never have any political or religious debates, always conduct their affairs in harmony and friendship, and call each other "Brother!"