Morality, as an overarching concept, is neither synthetically manufactured nor naturally occurring, but rather individually learned and developed through life experiences. Derived from the Latin word "moralitas", morality is defined as manner, character, or proper behavior covering the broad spectrum of human actions pertaining to matters of right and wrong. In his famous "Oration to the initiate", Chevalier de Ramsey stated that "sound morals" are a necessary requisite of the Masonic Society. The teachings of Freemasonry, through complex symbols and rituals, further enable and challenge a Freemason to increase his individual understanding and implementation of morality. Though morality is a valuable component of our institution, it should never be limited to the bonds of Freemasonry, but rather emulated throughout all facets of life.
Brother Casey Harty