There are several schools of thoughts with traditions.

In one perspective, there is a belief that readily accepted traditions strengthen the bond of a group or a community. As individuals engage together in the long-conditioned patterns of thoughts and actions, there comes a sense of unity and belonging. Comfort is attained and repeatable.

With another perspective, there is a belief that traditions come to create a weakness as we fail to evolve. Without new thinking, we would merely be seeking comfort by repeating the past over and over again. Therefore, comfort in tradition is decay.

Think of the long-conditioned patterns of traditions that you partake in. Evaluate for yourself where you stand and determine the best position for you to take. Not only for yourself, but also for those closet to you. If you’ve always done it one way, momentarily pause to rethink before repeating it again.

There is a balance to be sought for the continuously applied learner to set a purposeful course. There is a big middle between tradition as comfort or decay. Continue learning your way.

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.” — Mark Twain —


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