Questions that are very frequent by the profane, which for us are not easy to answer, are those about what does Freemasonry intend ?, what is it for ?, what is its contribution or practical use? Our response, almost invariably, is an expression of ideals or a relationship of past glories.
We answer that improving man, society, humanity, longings that seem so distant to us, that we are concerned, are not more concrete and realizable. But here comes the question: do the ideals of such a wise and ancient organization fail or does our understanding fail? The ideals are nothing other than that, ideals, long-term aspirations, the mediate goal, the point that we assume is the end of the road, a path that stretches to the extent of our progress.
The perfect is the ideal, while the real and concrete is human perfectibility, that is, the effort to carry out that ideal. Freemasonry has for purposes the highest that can be aspired by the human being and only with these sights can really effective and important things be done. Its members, knowing perfectible, but that perfection itself is perhaps an impossible, we do not stop, and appreciate the value of acting as quijotes, because that has been the most distinguished freemasons who have made important contributions to humanity. They, as freemasons, have acted as quixotes, but without ignoring Sancho’s advice.
Time and history have proved them right. A synthesis of the generally accepted goals of Freemasonry are outlined in the Statutes of the Equatorial Grand Lodge of Ecuador, which in its declaration of principles says: “Its objective is the perfecting of man and humanity growing together in fraternity, check the common ads.