Freemasonry is many things to many people.
For Ben (a member since 2003), it represents a chance for him to expand his horizons and engage with people of diverse backgrounds and with unique life stories. Ben finds himself particularly interested in the esoteric nature of the Craft: “it’s a society, like a single organism, but it’s also about the individual’s journey”.
He contrasts Freemasonry to being a member of a football club, where you already know that everyone supports the same team. “In the Masons”, he says “everyone has different, interesting ideas. It really takes the blinkers off”. Ben first joined at just nineteen, encouraged by his uncle (a member and someone Ben considers an excellent role model), and his grandmother, another strong advocate of Freemasonry.
He enjoys the worldly pleasures that his lodge, The Lodge of the Golden Fleece, provides unique experiences including full silver service dining, and even an in-house orchestra formed during the lodge’s beginning in 1922. It’s this rich history and the recurring characteristics that he finds most compelling.
Ben believes many aspects of Freemasonry have helped him in his everyday life. He finds particular comfort in Freemasonry’s allegorical and symbolic teachings; such as the ‘24-inch ruler’ which represents the hours of the day. “Freemasonry taught me to manage my time a lot better”, Ben explains, “you have to make sure you have time for family, for friends, for your work and for yourself”.
To any prospective member, he suggests that now is a great time to join the Freemasons. Although an organisation that is over 300 years old, it is just as relevant today as it was centuries ago.