Freemasonry is a philosophy and practice of morality and ethics imparted to its members through the symbolic use of the tools of ancient stonemasons and by initiation ceremonies based upon rituals that are centuries old.
Freemasonry is built upon three basic tenets or principles: Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
- Brotherly Love is the practice of the Golden Rule.
- Relief embodies charity for all mankind.
- Truth is honesty, fair play, and adherence to the cardinal virtues of Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice.