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Why Join Freemasonry?
The first answer and doubtless the best: “Because I really want to”.
We must admit we don’t know a single Freemason who has remained in their Lodge without having a sincere desire to practice Masonry with their Brothers and Sisters. The effort required in order to progress is such that nobody perseveres if curiosity is the only motivation.
Then a second question immediately comes to mind: How is it possible to desire something you know nothing about, neither the way it operates (what are its rules?) nor what its prospects for advancement might be?
To answer this question, we can compare this situation to that of a marriage. Nobody can know, on their wedding day, if the marriage will end up as one of the 250 divorces announced every day in France. Will it last for a month, a year, or forever? Despite the gloomy statistics, every time the sun rises, 637 couples say “yes” to each other.
It is also true that practically every second newlywed commits perjury when they say the following: “I take you as my lawful wedded wife/husband, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. I promise to love you and cherish you for as long as I live”. But this doesn’t prevent any candidates from exchanging their vows.
It is the same with Freemasonry ...with one notable exception. You cannot test your Lodge in advance by a period of cohabitation before you officially become a member. You just have to trust your instincts.
The Masonic oath binds Masons for the rest of their lives. It is a very serious commitment, a moral contract which is the first step on the path followed by every Mason from the day of their Initiation.
Candidates takes a vow in advance on clauses that they are not absolutely sure to be able to honour, since they ignore everything about what their future path will be.
Since we often refer to the ordeal of “Initiation”, it is time to define what it actually entails. It is the ceremony which confirms the passage from the state of an individual called “Profane” to that of “Initiate”. This process is characterised by symbolic tests and rites of passage. The very essence of Freemasonry depends on the quality of this initiatory ceremony.
 Figures are taken from Planetscope: https://tinyurl.com/planetoscope1 and https://tinyurl.com/planetoscope2