Masonic ritual is a system of moral and spiritual transformation. It inspires men to look at themselves and change the way they interact with the world; and it always has. Freemasonry is a system of mental control and self-development comparable to Buddhism, yoga and many other paths of self-improvement to be found around the world eventhough this is a unique western tradition mostly.
Freemasonry is Free of dogma or religious/political Bigotry and no such subject should even be brought into a Lodge(especially in today's times).
Freemasonry teaches us that our personal characteristics are neither random nor immutable. We are not stuck with the nature we are born with. We can change ourselves just as a builder changes his surroundings. We are living stones to be reshaped by the Masonic tools of the ritual. The lessons of freemasonry could be summarized as follows, the first degree teaches the principles of morality, the second degree the importance of learning, and the third the discipline of self knowledge.
Its traditional secrets tell how to turn vice into virtue. We are a school of self-improvement and self-development. This is the point of Freemasonry. *Freemasonry as a collective has still to master its third degree. We know the principles of morality, we understand the outside world. But we still have not realized our Order’s own true nature. The value of self knowledge is immeasurable. A man or a society must know its vices and its failures before it can eliminate them. It must know its virtues and successes to build on them*
*Remember your Obligations Brethren and let us strive to Square ourselves*
For those outside of the Fraternity, hopefully this sheds some light on who we Truly are, or at least strive for in today's world. ========================= The orders true nature is unique to each individual. And the principles of Masonic morality is no secret it’s literally a google search away on some lodges direct website.