APPROACH TO LIFE
Freemasonry is a vast, worldwide fraternity based on spiritual faith and moral idealism. It provides an opportunity for men to meet and enjoy friendly camaraderie. In the spirit of helpfulness and brotherly love and guided by strict moral principles it encourages goodwill toward all mankind. Freemasonry is of a personal nature in its private ceremonies. Its ritual dramatizes a philosophy of life based on morality.
Freemasonry promotes self improvement and helps a man to think through to a more satisfactory meaning of life. It is a way of life, a code of conduct, a pattern of behavior.
The tools of operative masons are used to symbolize and teach the basic principles of Brotherly Love, Charity, and Truth which Masons are encouraged to practice in their daily lives. Charity is a tangible way in which Masons help those whose circumstances in life fairly warrant it.