These are the objectives of Freemasonry, one of the few movements to build as much on individual, spiritual, psychological or moral development as on a reflection on society.
It is not a religion, a social club, a chamber of commerce or a therapy.
Since its origin, Freemasonry has often been described as a “Secret Society”.
Every Freemason can make themselves known as such, but they shall not, under any circumstances, reveal the Masonic allegiance of the other members.
Therefore, Freemasonry is mainly discreet.
What do we talk about during meetings?
The themes are varied and divided into two distinct categories at the outset.
In the first instance, members are expected to address the symbolism that is proposed to them. Various tools used by the operative masons are presented to the neophytes as soon as they enter the Lodge. Thereafter, they will be asked to reflect and to share with the other Freemasons of the Lodge the different interpretations and uses that they make of these tools in their everyday life.
Secondly, social issues are also discussed in Lodge in order to share opinions, often contrary, and to question preconceived ideas, the objective being to confront our ideas.
However this symbolic, philosophical and social proportion of the work will vary according to the Lodge. For example, the Lodge L'Égrégore, based on older customs of Freemasonry, focuses on symbolic and philosophical reflections and only very rarely considers social debates. On the other hand, other lodges could have an opposite conception and prioritize social reflections... Each Lodge is sovereign in this matter.