One of the greatest things about Freemasonry is that men from all walks of life regardless of their race, creed, colour and social status can come together as equals and share a common bond of friendship and fraternity as Freemasons.
The members are banned from any political or religious discussion whilst at lodge, to ensure peace and harmony is constant. This principle was expressed in the American Civil War, where Yankee and Confederate soldiers would come together at lodge, under the banner of Freemasonry, in peace and harmony, to practice the ideals of friendship and fraternity.
After the ritual of the lodge is completed, members come together and share a meal and family and friends are often invited to participate. Freemasons often refer to the term “Meeting on the level and parting on the square”, which means the meet as equals and part as friends.
Freemasonry can provide men and their families a fun and active social life with like-minded people from all walks of life. Family and family values are an important part of a Freemason’s life and families are frequently invited to take part in Masonic activities such as charity balls, family picnic days and other social get-togethers.
It must be noted that as a Freemason, a member’s family it to be valued above all else and should at all times take precedence over his Masonic membership. However, it is important that a member’s family understands his Masonic association and supports him in his development.