Is tradition a guide or a straight-jacket?

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  • Dr. D
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago
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    A tradition reflects social convention. Social convention changes with the times. As society is exposed to other cultures and educates itself to scientific evidence, it changes. For young people it never changes fast enough.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Ah, the old culture as a key-fetter conundrum.  Well, let me tell you that.....HEAD EXPLODES!.............

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  • reme_1
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Tradition is a guide for people in a community to fit in.

    It is not written in stone. You can pick and choose what traditions work for you and which don't. Make your own.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Tradition is a source of great comfort and assurance to many people. Pretty much the same as the police. Opinions will vary.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    It's a concept dreamt up by the bored, non-creative types.

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  • Sky
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Tradition is like OCD on a schedule.  Every year at whatever particular time of the year, individuals, families, or entire populations do the same thing they did last year and the year before, because that's just what they do every single year.  Some people even do things they don't even like, just because "it's tradition".  Some feel not quite right, unfulfilled, even lost, if for whatever reason they skip or aren't able to do their traditional behavior, exactly like an OCD person who's unable to do some obsessive thing and it just keeps eating away at them.  Some people will follow a tradition at only one specific time of the year and not do the same thing at any other time of the year even though they want to, as if they're not allowed to.  Traditions linger over peoples' heads like unwritten rules that will somehow punish them if they don't do them and somehow reward them if those tradition rules are followed.

    There's nothing automatically wrong with traditions when it's something enjoyed by everyone involved and they always look forward to it.  But a tradition is nothing more than a habit, and just as there are good habits and bad habits, there are good traditions and bad traditions.  If a tradition is something that those involved don't actually enjoy doing, such as making some kind of unpleasant food on a specific holiday even though they don't like it, or if it's a tradition that's actually harmful to people, such as the tradition of circumcising infants, then it's a tradition that should be abandoned.

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  • definitely a bit of both .. 

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It can be either one, depending on the context and the people promoting it.

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