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    In times after the political changes in East Germany as well as in the East European Countries, citizens asking about the goals of associations like Masonic lodges, interested in the position of the modern freemasonry in the today’s society with their social problems. This should be pointed out by contributions to the actual social developments, as has already characterized the pre-thinker of the speculative Freemasonry more than 250 years ago! The latest social and unfortunately the individual development auf bigger parts of the population for example of East Germany resulted in a chance for Freemasonry to offer a mental and social home. Here, for more than 60 years, people were used to think and live within collective norms. Individual thinking and such a development was a real good that was neither requested nor supported, really, it was generally not wanted.


    Following the tradition of the European enlightenment freemasons admit themselves to ethic values inside their community of initiation and symbolic work in proven ways of practical exercises of value oriented behaviour. Freemasonry is a humanistic oriented philosophy with ethic ideals which have to be brought into certain perfection in order to be able to represent these ideals progressively in the public. Although freemasonry does not represent any politics, in today’s world within and outside their lodges freemasonry can and must contribute to the social-political discussion, to the discourse of values, to questions of the time being and thus to improve the political culture. Life in the lodges hence leads to a responsible attitude and design of living of the brethren.


    Looking this way, it is certainly eligible to point to the traditional and historical importance of the earlier social influence of freemasons, and from the point of historical development, to make clear the progressive character of freemasons already at that early time. In the public and in the authorities interest and tolerance for freemasonry is given, if the sense and the concern of our Masonic society can be made clear und if prejudices can be reduced. With respect to the one or the other citizen our Masonic society as an elitist community of like-minded people seemed to receive more interest to find more attention and greater acceptance in the public. However, what we do need is "

    A today’s Freemasonry

    ". Increasing acceptance of Masonic topics with ethical and humanistic issue can be seen as the result of positive and active public relations. For this development several university towns can be taken into consideration where scientific conferences and discourses with the inhabitants have been helpful to explain Masonic goals. In Germany it is primarily our concern to decrease reservations coming from history and clerical movements rather than the promotion of a mass movement. As a result of those activities we can observe that in the east of Germany as well as in East Europe freemasonry is present in our society, freemasonry is respected as a social-cultural factor in many regions and that the acceptance of freemasonry is growing.


    Rüdiger Templin , GM