Quick Thoughts On Regarding Tradition
In lecture it was discussed that Burke suggests that tradition is the most reliable source of political knowledge. I am in agreement with this in the sense that is the most reliable. However, it seems very unproductive at times to use only this theory. It seems that it would be much more beneficial to use tradition only as a small model. Where would any government be without innovation, no matter the risk, anyway? We have tradition because some were willing to innovate originally.
It is obvious that innovation can often have consequences. A known fact is that everything looks better on paper, yet is always harder to put into effective practice. Thus, I can see where the advice that tradition is the most reliable source of knowledge works. However, times do change, so in the end that tradition needs to be innovated in my opinion. Social, political, and economic spectrums change greatly over time, and therefore innovation is needed to adapt to these. Tradition can be used to see possible consequences of decisions, however it is more important I think, to innovate old traditions and produce new ones.