Freemasonry is a product of groups of men who imprint their surrounding culture with the significance of their ideas. It is the “idea” behind an ancient institution that unites its members with a deep sense of fulfillment; a manifestation of a nurtured soul. When we take a broad look at what causes us to feel fulfilled and experience genuine happiness, we find aspects that relate to a unity of purpose, and a strong bond.
“Let us all unite in the grand design of being happy, and communicating happiness.” Excerpt of Masonic Ceremonial
In a 2017 study at the University of Oxford, it showed that men bond better through face-to-face contact and activities, whereas women find it much easier to hold onto an emotional connection through a simple phone conversation. We should add that social media drives us further apart; studies of adults aged between 19 and 32 show that men spending more than two hours a day on social media were twice as likely to describe feeling “left out,” lonely or isolated.
WHY DO MEN CONSIDER JOINING THE FRATERNITY
When a man perceives and embraces ideas from teachings that allow him to transcend the Self, He develops a true sense of purpose in a journey towards a an understanding of how these teachings relate to his inner core – nosce te ipsum. These ancient teachings which have, for thousands of years, taught Esoteric Traditions, demonstrate an affinity to the symbolism and teachings of Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, Sacred Geometry, and the list goes on. These teachings ‘enable’ a Brother to transcend in his thinking and his behaviour towards a, universally accepted, Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God.
Candidates for Freemasonry reside in Lebanon, Scotland or in any other country, these Men who search for a deeper meaning to life, yearn for a bond that goes beyond the senseless shallow modern-day lifestyles, and for a true understanding of the Self. The words of Brother Victor Hugo over 200 years ago still hold a timeless truth, “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”
WHAT DOES FREEMASONRY TEACH
The teachings of freemasonry are more relevant today than it ever was: