The Goals of Freemasonry:
- Bringing together very different people around the same ideal;
- Asking them to work in solidarity with each other and to extend this solidarity to other human beings;
- Uniting what is scattered to better reflect and act together.
These are the objectives of Freemasonry, one of the few movements to build as much on individual, spiritual, psychological or moral development as on a reflection on society.
What Freemasonry is not…
It is not a religion, a social club, a chamber of commerce or a therapy.
Since its origin, Freemasonry has often been described as a “Secret Society”.
If some Freemasons wish to remain secret about their Masonic affiliation, it is because of erroneous interpretations by narrow, intolerant, extremist or even fundamentalist minds that give of Freemasonry a false image that could harm them.
Every Freemason can make themselves known as such, but they shall not, under any circumstances, reveal the Masonic allegiance of the other members.
Therefore, Freemasonry is mainly discreet.
The themes we discuss
What do we talk about during meetings?
The themes are varied and divided into two distinct categories at the outset.
In the first instance, members are expected to address the symbolism that is proposed to them. Various tools used by the operative masons are presented to the neophytes as soon as they enter the Lodge. Thereafter, they will be asked to reflect and to share with the other Freemasons of the Lodge the different interpretations and uses that they make of these tools in their everyday life.
Secondly, social issues are also discussed in Lodge in order to share opinions, often contrary, and to question preconceived ideas, the objective being to confront our ideas.
Finally, the real challenge is to join the two aspects, symbolic and social, in our reflection.