I believe that I belong to the greatest organization on earth, a brotherhood of men with the sole purpose of creating better men for a better world, who sees God’s creation as a masterpiece and that each one of us is connected to everything else in the Universe…to each other, to the plants and to all of the creatures of the earth and beyond.
We recognize our relationship to everything and that eternity isn’t a place where we go after we die—but eternity is here, now and forever. We believe that everyone is equal—regardless of our race, our creed, our gender, our economic status or our sexual orientation. Our lives are precious—all life is precious and that the Kingdom of Heaven, Nirvana, Cosmic Consciousness, Atonement, Enlightenment—whatever you call it—isn’t a place beyond us, but it is within us.
We are a society of men who have shared a common bond— formally united for over 300 years—and with roots reaching back to antiquity—to the ancient Egyptians, the tribes of Israel, the Greeks, the Romans, the Gauls, the Celts, the Druids and more. We are the stuff of legend and folklore.
We’ve been associated with Abraham, Moses, Solomon, the Ark of the Covenant, Alexander the Great, the Holy Grail, King Arthur, the Knights Templar, Leonardo Da Vinci, the Royal Society, the American Revolution and yes …even Pirates. Our thinking and our philosophy has been inspired by virtually every culture and every religion. Our ranks include Kings and common men. We’ve sat with doctors, engineers, teachers, clergy, entrepreneurs, firemen, clerks and factory workers. Sadly, we have fought side by side in too many wars.
Our members have made contributions in science, technology, philosophy, poetry, politics, literature, music, mathematics, theatre, film and the fine arts.
We’ve helped to spread democracy across the globe and promote the concept of Liberty, Equality and Justice for all mankind.
Virtually every point in modern history has been influenced by our members. Yet I defy you to find a single mention of that in any school history book.
Why? Because we seek no fame or recognition for our association with the craft. When I enter a Lodge, I shake hands with many men. I may not agree with their politics—I may not share their religion. I may not cheer for the same team or even like the same food as they do.
But there is one thing that binds us together…We share a common purpose…we are Freemasons and we are Brothers — and we belong to the greatest organization on earth!
~ RW. Bro. Wilson M. Becket, DDGM District 2 Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon