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About traditions

Traditions are good and important. They are more than a collection of unwritten rules that you must follow if you belong to some culture. They are the memory of a culture.

Traditions are enforced “automatically” or by “nature itself”. Many corporations act as carriers of traditions, but none of them is a unique actor. Unlike laws (written rules controlled and enforced by a government) they have no unique corporation that represents them.

These observations can lead humans to believe that traditions are divine, made by God. But I don’t agree with this. Traditions are made by humans, not by God. No tradition is eternal. (TODO: give arguments)

While traditions can last much longer than human-made laws, they are not static. (TODO: give examples)

Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time to make it – Aubrey De Grey

traditionalism

An attitude of over-emphasizing the value of traditions and not wanting them to change.

traditionalist

Related to traditionalism.

conservatism

An attitude of clinging to the past, wanting to conserve old “traditional” values.

conservatist

Related to conservatism.

progressivism

An attitude of under-estimating the value of traditions. Promoting changes in a system without considering the dangers they imply.

progressivist

Related to progressivist.

Church idolatry

When you worship the Church instead of worshipping God.

rationalism

An attitude of preferring to base your decisions on reason and scientific evidence rather than on faith or emotional response.