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The Scottish Rite Motto

Foundational Ideas and Purpose

Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission, and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal.

Human Progress

The belief in continuous improvement and advancement of society through education, enlightenment, and the pursuit of knowledge. This principle acknowledges that progress is essential for the betterment of humanity and encourages individuals to contribute positively to the advancement of society.

Liberty of Thought

This principle emphasizes the importance of intellectual freedom and the right of individuals to hold and express their beliefs, ideas, and opinions without fear of repression or persecution. It promotes critical thinking, open-mindedness, and the free exchange of ideas as essential components of a healthy and vibrant society.

Freedom of Conscience

Recognizes the inherent dignity and autonomy of individuals to follow their own moral compass and make choices according to their deeply held beliefs and values. This principle advocates for the protection of individual conscience from external coercion or imposition, ensuring that individuals can live in accordance with their own principles and convictions.

Guarantee of Equal Rights

Affirms the fundamental principle of equality and justice for all people, irrespective of race, gender, religion, or socioeconomic status. It advocates for equal opportunity of all people where they can live their lives in peace and without fear of tyranny of any kind.

The benefits to society of upholding these foundational principles are numerous:

Promotion of Social Harmony

Embracing principles such as liberty of thought, freedom of conscience, and equal rights fosters a more inclusive and tolerant society where individuals from diverse backgrounds can coexist peacefully and respectfully.

Innovation and Progress

By valuing human progress and intellectual freedom, societies are more likely to encourage innovation, creativity, and critical thinking, leading to advancements in various fields such as science, technology, arts, and culture.

Protection of Individual Rights

Upholding the guarantee of equal rights ensures that every individual is treated fairly and has the opportunity to fulfill their potential, leading to greater social cohesion and stability.

Enhancement of Democracy

These principles are fundamental to the functioning of democratic societies, as they promote citizen participation, safeguard minority rights, and ensure accountability and transparency in governance.

Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment

By respecting and protecting diversity of thought and belief, societies can benefit from a rich tapestry of ideas, perspectives, and cultural expressions, contributing to a more vibrant and dynamic social fabric.

 We believe that embracing the principles outlined in the Scottish Rite motto can lead to a more just, prosperous, and harmonious society where the dignity and rights of every individual are respected and upheld.

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