Freemasonry is a method handed down through the ages to work on one's expansion of consciousness. With the assistance of symbols which have been connected with each other within a framework of a number of rituals, members contemplate the maxim 'Know Thyself'. The purpose is to learn to know about one's self and to determine ones own place in respect to himself, his fellowmen and the cosmos, the nature of God: the All.
Masonic lecture: The Matrix: are we captives of present day media?
‘Modern media both dictates and produces our needs, desires and dreams. It colonizes us. Extensive consumption and idolization of celebrity-culture have led to apathy toward things that are really worthwhile.'
Searching for the Universal
Freemasons search for answers to questions about the real essence of life. They meet in a lodge and exchange thoughts about all kinds of subjects. They test their own views against those of other Freemasons who often have differing points of view and convictions. Freemasons endeavour to find that which unites people and nations, and try to remove that which divides men's hearts and minds.
Present Freemasonry has its origin in 1717, founded in London (although Freemasonry was already in existence in Scotland before this year). The craft of Freemasonry is derived from medieval building guilds. In these operative guilds craftsmen worked with different tools and instruments. The perfect cubic stones ultimately formed a magnificent cathedral of which each was a small part.
This operative labour became the metaphorical starting point of the speculative labour on ones self. The way people worked in the guilds and the instruments they used (a.o. the well-known compass and square) turned out to be very useful metaphors and symbols with which reality can be approached. Interpretation of these symbols is up to every individual Mason. A Freemason does not literally chop on a piece of stone that is a small part of a building, but he is actively working on himself to become a part of a developing and better society in order to contribute to a better world.