Freemasonry is definitely one of the oldest existing organisations in the world and it has been around since probably before Medieval times.
Very often one can hear questions such as: How has it survived for all these years and kept on being such a strong organisation? Is it still relevant to today’s world?
Rather than how it survived we should ask why it has survived.
In fact, Freemasonry has not only survived, but it has kept on growing steadily, and with more than 6 million members worldwide, it is still expanding rapidly today, with Masonic lodges found in almost every single country in the world.
So why has all this happened? The answer is simple: it is because of the timelessness of Freemasonry’s values and principles.
The fraternity is based on principles such as truth and love, which were relevant many years ago and are still relevant today.
Freemasonry teaches man to be righteous in his actions, and to always be honest towards other men. It also values brotherly love and just conduct.
Such principles have always been important in the world and can never become outdated.
The Modern Freemasons
Illustrated by Symbols
In fact if one takes a look at Masonic symbolism, which has existed since its very creation, and understands the meaning of each symbol, one can see that the principles upon which it was founded are still important today.
Masonic symbolism was used in the past to remind fraternity members of its teachings, and they still serve the same purpose today, and are commonly found on Masonic items and regalia.
Masonic values have therefore survived because they have always been important in society, no matter its location in the world and no matter when this society existed, they are still very relevant today.
This explains why Freemasonry has not only survived throughout all these years but has progressively increased its members.
So How Can One Define a Modern Freemason?
We have seen that Freemasonry today is still relevant for its members and it is not hard to describe the 21st century Freemason.
The modern Freemason is someone who follows the values of Freemasonry, that teaches its members to improve themselves and live well in order to obtain a peaceful, happy and free life.
Freemasonry always teaches its members to offer help and relief – not only to other members of the fraternity but to all those in need.
This is evident when one looks at the large sums of money Masonic lodges from all over the world donate to various charitable causes and also at the charitable works they do.
One of Freemasonry’s main roles is in fact to give donations to help important causes, and in the last 20 years they have donated over 100 million dollars to many different worthy causes worldwide.
This is another reason why Freemasonry is still relevant in the 21st century, as it tries to make today’s world a better place not only by teaching men important values but also by raising funds to help those in need.
Even though Freemasonry is a very old organisation, it is still important in the 21st century as it teaches timeless values and is based on principles which have always been, and will always remain important in any society.
In closing, I would like for you to see a video published by the UGLE (Grand Lodge Of England), describing the life of the everyday, modern freemason in Britain (and worldwide).
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