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.
The Scottish Rite is one of two a Masonic organizations that continues a Master Mason’s education beyond the first three degrees of Blue Lodge. The Scottish Rite consists of the 4°–32° and an honorary 33°, which is awarded for exceptional service.
The Scottish Rite seeks to strengthen the community and believes that each man should act in civil life according to his individual judgment and the dictates of his conscience.
The Scottish Rite builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy offered in the Craft (or Blue) Lodge through dramatic presentation of the individual degrees. The degrees are one-act plays that illustrate a moral lesson or philosophical precept. The book Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike, a collection of 32 essays (some are long enough to be books in and of themselves), provides the philosophical context and underpinnings for the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.
The other organization where a Master Mason can continue their education is known as the York Rite. The York Rite consists of Royal Arch Masons, Royal and Select Masters and the Knights Templar.