Who discovered, designed or invented Masonry? No one man, any more than any one man discovered, designed or invented democracy, or philosophy, or science,
or any one government. Freemasonry is the result of growth. Many Masons had a part in it; it has taken to itself teachings from many
religions, philosophies, systems of knowledge, symbols. The most generally accepted orthodox belief as to those who "began" Freemasonry
is that the Craft is a descendant of Operative Masons. These Operatives inherited from unknown beginnings, of which there may have
been several and were probably many, practices and some form of ritual. Speculative Masonry, reaching back through Operative Masonry,
touches hands with those who followed unknown religions in which, however, many of the Speculative principles must have been taught
by the use of symbols as old as mankind and therefore universal, and not the product of any one people or time.