Neither this site nor Lodge St. John, in general, ventures to define Freemasonry, or what it means to an individual. However, you may find some general information by reviewing the below links. Freemasonry or Masonry is the oldest and longest living fraternal society dedicated to 'making good men, better' generation after generation. One of the most widely disseminated descriptions of Freemasonry is quoted below.
A peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.
Freemasonry finds much of its teachings in the tools and workings exhibited by operative stonemasons of yore. In evidence of this, the continuing practice of fraternity and personal development. Today, although its members practice a myriad of trades and professions, these teachings from ancient and skilled stonemasons provide excellent corollaries for the betterment of modern man.
Freemasonry is open to all good men, no matter creed or color, whom hold a belief in a supreme being. This belief is a fundamental qualification for entry; however, Masonry is not a religion and Brethren are encouraged to follow their own chosen faith outside the Lodge. Furthermore, religious topics are not to be discussed within the Masonic Hall strictly with the intention of preserving the harmony amongst such a diverse group of Brethren and other non-Masonic Visitors.
Freemasonry is not a political body or movement and Visitors should understand that any discussions of a political nature are forbidden in the Lodge. This reflects both the non-political status of the Lodge and a more general concern with maintaining an inviting atmosphere for all Brethren and Visitors to appreciate.
Freemasons uphold three great principles:
Although volumes have and may be written on What is Freemasonry, this simple description has, hopefully, planted the seed for the non-Mason to further seek and research this topic on his own. Despite publications presenting possible misinterpretations, including tales of secrecy or unspoken benefits and agendas of its members, dear reader, remember the third great principle- Truth. Finally, during his research, the non-Mason may wish to contemplate the following question.