Suppose that a great commotion arises in the street about something, let us say a lamp-post, which many influential persons desire to pull down. A grey-clad monk, who is the spirit of the Middle Ages, is approached upon the matter, and begins to say, in the arid manner of the Schoolmen, “Let us first of all consider, my brethren, the value of Light. If Light be in itself good–” At this point he is somewhat excusably knocked down. All the people make a rush for the lamp-post, the lamp-post is down in ten minutes, and they go about congratulating each other on their unmediaeval practicality. But as things go on they do not work out so easily. Some people have pulled the lamp-post down because they wanted the electric light; some because they wanted old iron; some because they wanted darkness, because their deeds were evil. Some thought it not enough of a lamp-post, some too much; some acted because they wanted to smash municipal machinery; some because they wanted to smash something. And there is war in the night, no man knowing whom he strikes. So, gradually and inevitably, to-day, to-morrow, or the next day, there comes back the conviction that the monk was right after all, and that all depends on what is the philosophy of Light. Only what we might have discussed under the gas-lamp, we now must discuss in the dark.
Your point in sharing this with us???
Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it. We should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open. -- Raistlin Majere
1) People have been having the discussion about following tradition since before the people on this thread were born. Don't think that's gonna change.
2) People who wish to go contrary to tradition may all have their own private reasons for seeking to overturn the tradition; it is often presented that blindly
clinging to a tradition can cause problems, but blindly defying or overturning traditions can cause its own problems...
"Love never needs time. But friendship always needs time. More and more and more time, up to long past midnight." -- The Crime of Captain Gahagan
I guess there are hipsters that really make anti-conformism the aim itself, but I think most non-traditional people are merely trying to pursue what they want. Traditions tend to follow cultural ideals, which in turn tend to be narrow to a point that few human beings can realistically reflect them.
As far as your statements are concerned, I am traditionally in many of the ways you want to be. Does that make me traditional in general? When it comes to arguments of politics, I tend to loath the position of tradition every time.
You see, I have no problem with people being traditional because they incidentally want something that is considered traditional. I am disturbed by tradition being considered inherently valuable. I am disturbed by that idea that something which has always been done in memory ought to be continued. If someone builds their own life on that premise I question their path to happiness, and if someone tries to alter other peoples' lives to match that premise I consider them oppressors.
"I don't know a perfect person.
I only know flawed people who are still worth loving."
"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray
Traditions are a man made social construct that's anything but static, dated norms that have outlived their usefulness get discarded.
So I don't see any valid reason to either hate or follow blindly all of them.
If we are talking about dangerous and potentially hindering practices, I'm all for eradicating them but America's upper middle class suburban dream isn't one of them (the majority of posters are probably murricans so let's use that as a reference). Hell, I doubt there are CIA agents ready to execute you on the spot if you don't go to church or choose to be a polyamorous songwriter and even the pearl clutching is blown out of proportion.
Pick your own traditions according to what suits your goals, nothing wrong with rejecting some norm that you find absolutely useless and laughable at best and nothing wrong with enjoying security and feeling more comfortable following a tried and true path. Not all laws are made equal.
Special snowflakery for the sake of being unique and a contrarian is a joke. And that's cool, I love jokes.
Nowadays everyone is so busy showing off how eclectic, edgy and culturally sophisticated they are, in a sea of infinity tattoos, pastel hair, bold haircuts and pseudo-sociological labels that an actual hipster is probably the guy who wears polos and khakis and works as an accountant.
“…why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”