Being a Mason
Masonry is a fraternal organization that does not generally quantify or qualify its membership based upon the shared interests or vocation that bring most people together in association. It’s not dedicated to a certain field, sport or social activity, or a specific hobby. It is based upon the natural gravitation toward finding commonalities due to a fundamental link: moral and ethical belief in rectitude of conduct. Once you find that this link exists, it’s easy to find experiential or interest based commonalities that may not normally be enough to start a conversation, let alone create a lasting and interactive bond.
There are many opportunities from learning the "work" to remodeling a kitchen at the Lodge – all of which are usually assigned to at least two or three members. These projects may be directed toward members who have particular experience (such as an electrician), but will often include a new Brother who can then be exposed to the opinions, experiences, habits, etc. of the other members present. We should keep in mind that its “safe” or “comfortable” to expand because you know these men have the same foundation.
After some years, and you find that you have benefitted from the normal activities of doing work worth doing with men worth being around. You find that your concerns are not so myopic, your interests are not so confined, and your habits and decision making are based more from an understanding of how your actions impact and might be perceived by those on whom they have an effect. You have, in fact, become a better man.