Why do people join the Freemasons?
People become Freemasons for a variety of personal reasons, some as the result of family tradition already having a brother of father in the lodge, others upon the introduction of a friend and for some the curiosity to know what Freemasonry is all about.
Those who become active members and who grow in Freemasonry do so principally because they enjoy it. They enjoy the challenges, social activities, sports and fellowship that Freemasonry offers. There is more to it, however, than just enjoyment.
Participation in the dramatic presentation of moral lessons and in the working of a Lodge provides a member with the opportunity to learn more about himself and encourages him to live in such a way that he will always be in search of becoming a better man, not better than someone else but better than he himself would otherwise be and therefore an exemplary member of society.
Each Freemason is required to learn and show humility through initiation. Progression is made through a series of degrees he gains insight into increasingly complex moral and philosophical concepts, and accepts a variety of challenges and responsibilities which are both stimulating and rewarding.
The structure and working of the lodge and the sequence of ceremonial events, which are usually followed by social gatherings, offer members a framework for companionship, teamwork, character development and enjoyment of shared experiences.