I don't disagree there! Traditions do promote a kind of status quo. Traditions promote what we've learned in the past, which is a good thing to know. As someone else pointed out, if we didn't have tradition they would never have figured out that you could eat tomato fruit because they would've kept dying from the leaves.
Originally Posted by markbarendt
What I think you don't like Mark is stodgy people who are afraid of new things. Unfortunately, stodgy people who are afraid of new things tend to love tradition above all else, so tradition gets conflated with the dislike of advancing and newness.
If you take a look at advances in any field, they advance not by casting away tradition but by building on it. (i.e., calculus from basic mathematics; fried tomatoes from learning about not eating the leaves; science always begins with learning what the people that came before us observed and studied and believed. They were not always right, but imagine a science course trying to discover the Higgs Boson which did away with everything we had studied about atoms and chemicals and physics and started fresh with reinventing mathematics and trying to build a theory about thermodynamics?)
Unfortunately for those people who don't care about the past, tradition is the very groundwork and foundation for progress & invention.
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Reason: I sounded kind've snobby