In search of the Universal
Present Freemasonry has its origin in 1717, founded in London. The craft of Freemasonry is derived from medieval building guilds. In these operative guilds craftsmen worked with different tools and instruments. The perfect cubic stones ultimately formed a magnificent cathedral of which each was a small part.
This operative labour became the metaphorical starting point of the speculative labour on ones self. The way people worked in the guilds and the instruments they used (a.o. the well-known compass and square) turned out to be very useful metaphors and symbols with which reality can be approached. Interpretation of these symbols is up to every individual Mason. A Freemason does not literally chop on a piece of stone that is a small part of a building, but he is actively working on himself to become a part of a developing and better society in order to contribute to a better world.