Masons are like-minded men who share a common structure understanding by which they interact with each other, their family, their community, and the world. They share ideals of faith, friendship, and charity to others.
This common structure is constructed of allegory, simile, and nuance based upon the tools of a stone mason. Each tool has a second &/or third meaning that is based upon the knowledge that each Mason acquires as they progress on their personal journey of learning, knowledge, and how long they have been a Mason.
Real world example of an explaination of Freemasons. We had a very nice mideval themed dinner at the Lodge last night. I had arranged for a juggler to entertain during the event. He asked who are these people were, I explained that the men were mostly Freemasons. He asked about Freemasonry and I explained that we are good men helping each other be better men. That we have fun together and do charity work. I explained that the Rotary International does polio and clean water and the Masons support childrens diseases, that the Shriners are a Masonic group as is the Shrine Hospital. He was very interested and asked if there where any lodges in downtown Milwaukee.