I was cleaning the office and came upon this article, Written by Grand Master William H. Watts 1977. The words he put to pen are just the same that we hear today and just as true.
When we are asked the question, “What is Freemasonry?” the thought that first comes to mind is the classic answer, “Freemasonry is a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols”. This is the truth but it is not the whole truth.
For Freemasonry is a brotherhood of the highest order. It is the true expression of Charity; it is the greatest exhibition of kindness known to man.
Not only are we concerned with the happiness and wellbeing of our brethren but also with his family and friends. When he or those close to him are sad, we find our hearts sadden; because happiness has been lost and we are compelled to endeavor to ease the pain, because when one member of the body suffers, the entire body is affected, for the grand design of freemasonry is the pre-motion and communication of happiness.
In the Society of Freemasonry, we have the opportunity of fulfilling the needs of humanity, to join with men of like mind and spirit, in the promotion of family and in so doing we make a vast contribution to the wellbeing of the community in which we live.
Freemasonry has through the centuries been concerned with good government, both local and national. We take pride in the fact that many members of our fraternity are making vast contribution in these areas. We take pride in the fact that these brothers join with all men of good will, in the great task of providing and maintaining the basic freedoms which make us the greatest nation on earth.
James W. Tate 33o