Is Tradition Worth It?
Often, we subject to ourselves to traditions and customs that don’t really make sense. Sometimes, these are seemingly strange actions, yet other times, they just become inconvenient, uncomfortable, and annoying.
After hearing Mill’s testimony that tradition should be pushed aside and subjected to reasoning and logic, I feel it necessary to look at some of the things I do on a daily, weekly, or yearly basis, and ask myself if these traditions are worth it?
Many of these customs, however, cannot simply be dropped and walked away from. In our current society, defying many of these basic societal norms would almost be suicide. For example: What’s the point of dressing up and being uncomfortable when attending a funeral. I understand that you are giving the family your respect, but what about the family themselves? I know when I have had people pass away, I’d much rather show up in sweatpants and a hoody. How would I then be perceived? Would that be disrespectful only because in our society it would be deemed just that?
I’m notsure, but that’s why Icontinue to put on the suit and give my respects.
This is just one example that I thought seemed unreasonable, but how many others make absolutely no sense? Religious traditions, like in Judaism throwing bread into water or spinning a chicken around your head. In the Persian tradition, throwing money in the air and watching as all the children run around, almost like beggars, grabbing as much as they can. Why does Lebron James throw powder in the air before every game? Wouldn’t his hands get to powdery and just cause a mess?
What about tradition is so important that we feel the need to throw out logical reasoning to perform these unconventional tasks and customs?
Is it similar to when our parents used to say, “Just because I said so,” and we should just leave some of these seemingly dim-witted traditions at that? Should we look for ways to better these traditions? Or should we try overhauling them and starting new, reasonable ones?