No truth, for such is the nature of truth itself, can be any man’s private property, or be owned or monopolized by anybody; it is in its own essence something free, something which any man can have who desires to have it….Truth is one of the three Principal Tenets of Freemasonry….There are many truthsinFreemasonry, some of them were first discovered and stated by Freemasons, but not one of them is the exclusive property of Freemasonry, becausenotruth can be anybody’s private property; and the mere fact that a truth is foundinFreemasonry cannot mean that it differs from the same truth when found outside it; and if a truth is found outside Freemasonry, in any religion, in any science, in any country, Freemasons know themselves to be as free to know and to use it as they may desire to. Then Truth as one of the Principal Tenets is not a philosophic idea, or a scientific idea, but is an ethical idea, and this idea means that any righteous man will
never try to make any truth his own property or the property of his own fraternity, or church, or party, will never lay hands on any truth to distort it or to misrepresent it to gain something for himself or his party, and will never try to prevent any other man from having any truth. This is what a righteous man does about truth; he will keep it wholly free, he will never do violence to it, he will never misrepresent it, and he will never try to keep any other man from having it.
H. L. Haywood