Most Masonic literature reads like any other spiritual tradition and is hardly anything to be criticized. After all, helping humankind is good, using your God-given brain is good, rejecting materialism is good, heck even how they describe the Creator and other religious principles is sometimes good. Probably for most Masons, especially those who come into it just for the connections or whatever, that's the extent of the Craft for them. However, I've come across a couple blurbs from Manly P. Hall's The Lost Key of Freemasonry which may illuminate their involvement in certain events, even if minor.
The true brother of the Craft, while constantly striving to improve himself, mentally, physically, and spiritually through the days of his life, never makes his own desires the goal for his works. He has a duty and that duty is to fit into the plans of another. He must be ready at any hour of the day or night to drop his own ideals at the call of the Builder. The work must be done and he has dedicated his life to the service of those who know the bonds of neither time nor space. He must be ready at any moment's notice and his life should be turned into preparing himself for that call which may come when he least expects it. The Master Mason knows that those most useful to the Plan are those who have gained the most from the practical experiences of life. It is not what goes on within the tiled lodge which is the basis of his greatness, but rather the way in which he meets the problems of daily life. The true Masonic student is known by his brotherly actions and common sense.It goes on:
Every Mason knows that a broken vow brings with it a terrible penalty. Let him also realize that failure to live mentally, spiritually, and morally up to one's highest ideals constitutes the greatest of all broken oaths. When a Mason swears he will devote his life to the building of his Father's house and then defiles his living temple through the perversion of mental power, emotional force, active energy, he is breaking a vow which imposes not hours but ages of misery.
All true Masons know that their work is not secret, but they realize that it must remain unknown to all who do not live the true Masonic life. Yet if the so-called secrets of Freemasonry were shouted from the housetops, the Fraternity would be absolutely safe; for certain spiritual qualities are necessary before the real Masonic secrets can be understood by the brethren themselves.Clearly, these blurbs are highly idealistic but when you have Masons denying their connections to Zionism (or claiming that having such connections is antisemitic!) even though their hand is deeply in it and publically so i.e. Harry Truman; Israel's Supreme Court etc. the above quotes are only validated. Things are rarely secret but us "profane" won't ever understand the greater good and blah blah. I've already pointed out their ideal of serving in the army of Horus. These other events/calls to duty are stepping stones towards that goal just like the Fundamentalist Christians who actively work towards making the Rapture happen.