Freemasonry – reflecting existence
«Freemasonry has always existed» writes Gotthold Ephraim Lessing 1776 in his dialogues with Freemasons «Ernst and Falk». But: what is freemasonry? It is a community of people with similar convictions, a school of life, an attitude of mind. Freemasonry represents a way of living, that lifts everything a searching human being lives in his interior and exterior world up to another, more conscious level of his perception. Like this, he elaborates an individual attitude towards his life and behaviour, his own Credo.
The seeking for the meaning of life lived in freemasonry, includes a permanent confrontation with the prevalent values and places the personal responsibility into the center of his or her activity.
Therefore, the principle of tolerance, as described in the «Ringparabel» by the same author, becomes a comprehensive value. Freemasonry uses the knowledge of its time for the task of each particular member, the individual, as well as for the member of the society, the collective. Like this, the basic values of tolerance and humanity become supporting columns.Freemasonry in no way pretends to hold the exclusive and best way for searching the meaning of life. Freemasonry is free of dogmas, without doctrines and not a substitute for a religion. Some symbols in Freemasonry supporting the development of the individual perception of the mental task originate from thebuilders of cathedrals during the Middle Ages.You may find the German version of «Ernst and Falk» as well as the «Ringparabel» on our German homepage Literatur.