Some traditional definitions of Masonry use language regarding making good men better by using symbols and allegory. This probably is not why many most men join and continue their membership.
Each member has joined for his own reason and has his own understanding of what Masonry means to him.
There are three groups of members with differing views as to the meaning of Masonry who are frequently at odds with each other for control of the fraternity. One looks at it as a social club and a way to have some fun. The second is interested in the philanthropies and community service. The third is seeking Masonic Light.
There is a sense of brotherhood, with members looking out for the extended. family of which they are a part. Each knows that he can trust the others.
While Masonry is not a religion, it requires all its members to have some religion and believe in a power greater than themselves.
While it is not a charity, vast amounts are donated by its members.
A search for knowledge and truth, whatever that might be, is encouraged. Members should learn the secrets within themselves so as to live as better men within Society.
Individuals are members of local groups known as lodges. The lodges are organized into Grand Lodges. While these Grand Lodges are completely independent from each other, they have a system of recognition which permits a member of one part of the world to visit other lodges elsewhere.