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I am therefore interested in your conclusion in your seed comment: DoDo:
In my mind, tradition is a greater and deeper evil than religion
Surely tradition is no more than a routinisation of things as they have been done in the past with their current function being to maintain order, stability, and the status quo in a tribe. Traditions can be both good and bad - continuing practices which had a positive function in the past - e.g. burial rituals as a means of dealing with grief. It is only when they become politicised as a means of oppressing one group by another that they become evil in your sense.
In the neutral, sociological sense, tradition is merely a means of passing on the learnings of one generation to the next. It is when those traditions become ossified, impervious to changed circumstances or greater learning, that they need to be replaced by updated traditions, and that can be a difficult process because many vested interests are tied in with the older tradition.
But traditions, in themselves will always be part of any society. The question is whether, at any one point in time, they are predominantly for the good, or evil. The question we must ask is what function they are serving at any one point in time, and whether that function is in need of change.
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