A Mason is sometimes asked by a friend, a neighbor, or a business
associate, "What do the Masons do?" The question may be worded more
generally, "What are the Masons?"
In either case, the Brother is challenged by the realization that
there is no simple answer which he can rattle off "from the top of his
Some of these considerations arouse the fraternal doubt that "you
can't tell that," or "that's secret," so that the Brother's reply is
marked by hesitation or reluctance to explain.
Puzzled by the difficulty of knowing what facets of the vast subject
of Freemasonry the questioner is really inquiring about, the Mason "just
doesn't know where to begin, " and too often may avoid a simple
statement of facts. He isn't sure of what to say...