posted on Dec, 1 2006 @ 11:04 PM
Masonry is very much like a franchise, like McDonald's, the Gap, or Starbucks. Some franchises may keep tight uniformity in certain respects (e.g.
McDonald's food tastes the same whether you it in Los Angeles, London, Chicago, or Cairo), but inevitably there will be some nonuniformity. (e.g.
Even if McDonald's food tastes the same the world over, the service you receive, the atmosphere of the restraunt, etc. may vary significant from
place to place.) Furthermore, some franchises may have a large degree of nonuniformity across the board.
The same can be said of freemasonry. While their may be things that are constant from lodge to lodge the world over, individual lodges and regions
are inevitably going to depart from others. Lodges do not exist in vacuums, and are subject to the pressures and influences of outside society. This
is inevitably going to lead to nonuniformity. Factors that may influence a lodges rituals are its finances, the strength of its membership and
recruiting, the cultural climate in which it exists to name a few. For example wealthy lodges may have more elaborate than poor lodges. Lodges with
strong memberships may have stringent initiation requirements, while lodges struggling to find memberships may have more law intitiation requirements.
Lodges that exist in areas where people are culturally conservative may adhere more to tradition, where lodges in areas that are culturally liberal
may be more likely to deviate from tradition.
It would seem inevitable that the way masons do things in Virginia is going to be different from the way they do things in California, Florida, the
UK, or Japan.