So what are the benefits of being a Freemason, why people join, and why you should consider it yourself?
An often quoted phrase about Freemasonry is it "makes good men better". What that really means is that Freemasonry isn't really for everyone, but for those who do join will find it improves themselves as people.
What is the definition of a "good man"? Well, the actual criteria required for joining is at least the age of 21 (though applicants over 18 will be considered) and 'free' (they are wanting to join of their own free will).
To get the most out of Freemasonry then the ability to learn is a very useful skill to have. Don't worry though, you don't need to be of above average intelligence, and you will be given plenty of support and assistance, and you can go at your own pace when learning.
Freemasonry is not a religious organisation, though it is expected that the applicant will have a belief in a higher being of some description. The denomination isn't import, nor is how actively you are involved. In fact this being is referred to as at "The Great Architect of the Universe", the book is referred to as "The Volume of the Sacred Law" and prayers finished with the phrase "so mote it be". This means a Masonic Lodge can have members of many faiths and still work in harmony