IT IS only right that Masons should be able to answer this question. It would require more space than we can command in this booklet to treat this question exclusively, but we would simply call attention to the following answers:
1. Masonry begets a confidence between individuals that neither party nor sect can accomplish; this is a benefit that extends into every ramification of social life.
2. It confers authority upon its members to speak confidently yet prudently to an erring brother. It will never be known in this world how many dear brethren have been saved from temporal and spiritual ruin by whispered counsel, sympathetic warning and proffered aid. The written and unwritten annals of the Order are full of illustrations of this fact.
3. Masonry possesses an universal language, understood in all countries, by all nationalities, of many tongues, and of all monotheistic creeds. That language is understood as well in the night season, as by day. The deaf, dumb and blind can use it, as Masons can communicate with one another as long as they possess the sense of hearing, seeing, feeling, or speaking; so that it is strictly true, that Masons can communicate without seeing one another, or hearing one another, or feeling one another, or speaking a word; either in the day time or night season, though of course one of these faculties must necessarily be used. There is nothing like this wonderful language for universality, so that amid all the vicissitudes of human life, the Mason feels that only one word of Masonic language is sufficient to call to his aid the good offices of brethren near and dear to his heart.
4. It gives men, irrespective of paltry considerations, a code of life principles, intensifying the noble aspirations. It makes them cosmopolitan, breaking down the petty barriers of country, state, county, town, sect, set, profession, business, family and wealth. The highest of titles is Brother-no other can take its place. The talents of a hod-carrier may place him in the chair. A Grand Master of Ireland, many years ago, the Duke of Leicester, boasted of having risen through every grade, from that of Junior Deacon to the throne of Grand Master. The late President Roosevelt often sat in his Lodge, over which his gardener presided as Master.
5. It unites men in a common work for a common good, as broad and catholic as mankind. It teaches men that sects, parties and side issues never could influence beyond the bounds of petty associations. It sternly refuses to proselytise, as it wants no material untried. If mankind be unworthy of such a beneficent institution, it can wait. It has taken centuries for mankind to arrive at its present state of imperfect moral life; perhaps the time may come when the whole earth shall have become one great Lodge, the ideal of Masonry. Then there will be one government, one faith, one brotherhood, one nation, all brethren, because all the children of the Holy, Blessed and Glorious Supreme Architect of the Universe.
The Grand Lodge of Texas, Ten Short Lessons in Masonic Philosophy , (Pages 23-25) Copyright by The Grand Lodge of Texas 1930 (Reprinted 2008)