Today, festivals in India are more money and glamour rather than culture and tradition
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When considering this topic there is a debate on two levels that I bring up on the word "Should." Whatever-culture "should" not spend that much money on traditions, which I agree with, however I am in disagreement as far as financial freedom. You dont get to say what others can spend their money on.
Furthermore, I actually do accept at least some validity in the claim of spending money as some sort of psychological benefactor. I dont think that an extravagant amount of money should be spent on tradition on a fiscal sense, but if I am take the idea of their "catharsis" as ultimately beneficial, then one can see that if more money is spent on something the more meaningful a tradition is and the money spent, in this regard, helps the nation fulfill its sense of purpose. If a tradition is not fully funded than the tradition is not as important, and thus its beneficiality relies upon the impact of the celebration which may or may not serve the means to its end.
So, I rest my case here!!!!!!!
Why do men seek expensive wedding rings for their wives? Why are vast amounts of money spent on funerals? Why do some people have extravagant birthday parties? My opponent, indeed, has it right. You can have traditions without spending grand amounts of money. My point is merely the means to end and the value those put upon "celebration" not because they feel the need to spend large amount of money arbitrarily, but rather the money they spend that they feels equates its "purpose." You can a nice celebration on Thanksgiving without spending that much money, yet still money is spent on the food industry just about as equal to giving someone a Christmas or birthday present.
Its extremely interesting to me on how the human being places the value of money beyond its original intent, and that is to buy stuff that fills the requirment for an event having "spiritual validity." Since humans began their first rite-of-passage traditions they have constantly shown an internal measure that by which material = meaningful praise. I tend to believe someone has an internal "extravagance factor" in that which feels needed in some situations. Indeed, there is no better example than ones wedding, and yet many women will state "Spending alot of money on a wedding is silly." Nonetheless, all of these women (and men .... :P ) will go to some lengths to secure that amount of "Prestige."
If my opponent is completely right, which I honestly wouldn't mind as I tend to rarely celebrate even the most important holidays and tradition, if we take his words and put it into practice it would be an interesting case of causation that if money weren't spent, the capitalist appeal loses its grip upon the world and less social conscience may not arise from the bottom, but from the top where the continually bombardment of capitalistic re-enforcement takes place (unfortunately). There would be no reason for others to uphold their traditions, and I make this point acknowledging it is extremely shallow and truly wish we could forget our material bringing to what we feel is sacred.
Again, I'm not arguing "should", I am arguing "as it is." I thank my debating partner and I think we agree on more than we disagree.
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