THE PRINCIPLES OF FREEMASONRY
The International Constitution of the Order begins with a Declaration of Principle.
True to the principle of independence from all religious institutions and organisations (*) and respectful of the right to absolute
freedom of conscience of all, the members of the Order seek to give concrete expression to the principles of Liberty, Equality
and Fraternity and to realize on earth the greatest possible degree of moral, intellectual and spiritual development for all
people, they believe this to be the prerequisite of happiness attainable by each individual in a fraternally organised humanity.
(*) Note from the Supreme Council: the word used in the French text is «laïcité».
There are also three great Masonic Principles: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
In keeping with these Principles every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of other people, and will behave with
compassion and understanding. Broadly speaking, all Freemasons work for the Progress of Humanity.
Freemasonry imposes no restrictions on the search for truth. Freemasonry encourages the individual mason to strive for a better
understanding of the world in which we live. Masonic ritual and symbolism are the tools Freemasons use in the search for their inner