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In general, would progress come faster with the elimination of traditions?

  • Look at USA as an example

    Tradition is a broad term. One could argue that science and technology have progressed through the tradition of the scientific method. As far as cultural tradition slowing innovation and progress, I think you can look at the cultural melting pot that was the USA during the mass European migration as a good example. Although people held on to parts of their cultural identity, they were less pressured to cohere to traditions and more free to explore, innovate, and learn from others. This unlatching from traditions set the stage for USA to become a center of innovation in both arts and technology.

  • Do away with traditions if they cause harm and are not helping human progress.

    Have you ever started a job where you can see that a work process is completely out of date. But when you say request a change people say "well that is the way we have always done it" But you and they know that it should be evaluated and updated or eliminated. There are traditions that fit this model. There are some traditions that are fun and timeless BUT then there are traditions that hurt people, animals and our planet. Traditions such as torturing animals are not healthy for us. It does not show us to be evolving humans. It actually proves the opposite.

  • I would like to support this argument because

    Tradition also includes discrimination of people on grounds of community, caste etc. If this sort of tradition is maintained people who belong to these castes, communities who not be much benefited and would be isolated from the society though Govt. Initiates many programs to uplift their position. Govt. Has created job opportunities for these people but who can we ensure that all these people get job? Therefore maintenance of tradition hinders development.

  • Traditionalism and science are two opposite poles.

    It's no secret that people who choose to base their values on tradition often have strongly held beliefs that are not routed in objective reality. Let's take the tradition of religion for example, it's not all bad but when it comes down to it, it has absolutely no basis in objective reality. People who would take what's known as a traditional standpoint, tend to be more reluctant to embrace the objective realities that are an integral part of the nature of science. I believe that this is due to the fact that they are not exposed to facts and realities of an objective nature on a regular basis, or simply because they fail to comprehend such matters all together. This, in turn keeps people from embracing science because they cannot or will not understand it.

  • Traditions should give way to evolution, not degradation.

    Many say traditions should be followed because they're old and true. I agree that some traditions are too precious to eliminate because they give insight to a race. However, the world revolves and people evolve. This is because of change. Change is constant. If we do not change, we'll never evolve but instead be stuck in the constant rule of the same belief, routine and state of mind which maybe detrimental to man. We'll never reach the peak of wisdom and greater understanding.Constant change makes us flexible and develop in a way that we eventually know how to be a good civilization. It makes us better people who can interact better in society. We don't become ignorant, but wise. Evolution from change makes way for greater knowledge and discoveries. It teaches us to use logic in reasoning and prevents us from automatically believing what is forced down our throats. It gives a space for curiosity and a chance to sate that thirst. Don't you agree that because of change the world's better? Yes, it's better. It may not be the best because there are still problems and troubles haunting us. But they are part of the balance. You can't have good without the bad in it because if all was good, how did everything become good without people eventually learning how to distinguish between right and wrong from their encounters with other people? We must accept change and try to make the best out it. We aren't animals. We're humans. Unlike animals, forever stuck with their basic instincts and habits we can do something out of the box just by a simple idea. Man learns slowly and we might not see the world become better with our short lives but if we fight it'll spread and dominate and make the world better in the future. So therefore, we mustn't fight change. Our state of learning has told us so much. Traditions which are against proven knowledge & harmful should be eliminated - traditions which hinder understanding, respect of opinions. They're traditions that harm. Why did they become traditions in the first place? We don't know for sure but we're sure they were created in olden times where in man was still lacking in understanding of a certain something. Those traditions which were practicable in those times may not be applicable now with greater understanding of the certain something brought about by constant change and man's ever growing thirst for knowledge. To make you understand more, let's say there's a tradition wherein a farmer will bathe in the blood of the first pig he has slaughtered to give him good health because his ancestors have been doing it for generations hence, the tradition. Our knowledge says this is wrong, taboo since this could possibly spread diseases like swine flu which could infect all farmers. Back in the old times, swine flu was probably not that common. So this tradition shouldn't be continued. Traditions should give way to evolution, not degradation.

    Posted by: GKY
  • Traditions should give way to evolution, not degradation.

    Many say traditions should be followed because they're old and true. I agree that some traditions are too precious to eliminate because they give insight to a race. However, the world revolves and people evolve. This is because of change. Change is constant. If we do not change, we'll never evolve but instead be stuck in the constant rule of the same belief, routine and state of mind which may be detrimental to man. We'll never reach the peak of wisdom and greater understanding. Constant change makes us flexible in a way that we eventually know how to be a good civilization. It makes us better people who can interact better in society. We don't become ignorant, but wise. Evolution from change makes way for greater knowledge and discoveries. It teaches us to use logic in reasoning and prevents us from automatically believing what is forced down our throats. It gives a space for curiosity and a chance to sate that thirst. Don't you agree that because of change the world's better? Yes, it's better. It may not be the best because there are still problems and troubles haunting us. But they are part of the balance. You can't have good without the bad in it because if all was good, how did everything become good without people eventually learning how to distinguish between right and wrong from their encounters with other people? We must accept change and try to make the best out it. We aren't animals. We're humans. Unlike animals, forever stuck with their basic instincts and habits we can do something out of the box just by a simple idea. Man learns slowly and we might not see the world become better with our short lives but if we fight it'll spread and dominate and make the world better in the future. So therefore, we mustn't fight change. Our state of learning has told us so much. Traditions which are against proven knowledge & harmful should be eliminated - traditions which hinder understanding, respect of opinions. They're traditions that harm. Why did they become traditions in the first place? We don't know for sure but we're sure they were created in olden times where in man was still lacking in understanding of a certain something. Those traditions which were practicable in those times may not be applicable now with greater understanding of the certain something brought about by constant change and man's ever growing thirst for knowledge. To make you understand more, let's say there's a tradition wherein a farmer will bathe in the blood of the first pig he has slaughtered to give him good health because his ancestors have been doing it for generations hence, the tradition. Our knowledge says this is wrong, taboo since this could possibly spread diseases like swine flu which could infect all farmers. Back in the old times, swine flu was probably not that common. So this tradition shouldn't be continued. Traditions should give way to evolution, not degradation.

  • Most Western, European, and Middle Eastern traditions have not only held back progress and evolution of mankind but have been the most destructive forces to civilized society and the Earth.

    Progress is the advancement of knowledge and understanding. Many traditions of the Judeo-Christian, Muslim, and Western world have turned out to be wrong in light of modern science. These primitive, superstitious, and dogmatic beliefs should be eliminated for the sake of advancing and progressing the human race. The traditions that are proved correct and congruent with scientific inquiry should be held in high esteem and taught. Holding on to these Western, European, and Middle Eastern traditions will prevent this progress from taking place.

    Posted by: Sk8brdrCar
  • I believe that progress, in general, could come faster with the elimination of traditions, especially religious traditions.

    The elimination of traditions, such as religious traditions, could lead to faster progress in our society, as it would relieve the long-standing positions of people oppressing others. Practicing traditions within the confines of a family or small group should never be illegal, by any means. But, allowing said traditions to influence the values and laws that structure our society simply hinders our overall progress and evolution.

    Posted by: LuxuriantKelly
  • Yes, progress would come faster if people would look forward, rather than to past traditions.

    When people become particularly stuck in their ways and traditions, they often stand in the way of change and progress with it. There must be a great openness of minds for the world to push forward with any marked speed. But unfortunately, most people in the world are stuck in old values and traditions.

    Posted by: CurvyErich46
  • Progress would come faster with the elimination of traditions because "progress" by definition is the replacement of the old traditions with the new.

    In order to create "the new" which is what progress is, we must either base that progress on our traditions, eliminate those traditions entirely, or preserve what still works in a tradition and add some progressive beliefs or processes to it.

    It is obvious that at least some part of traditions must be discarded in order to implement the new "traditions" brought about by progress. But, if we were to eliminate ALL traditions, we would be left with a vacuum. By discarding all traditions we would also be discarding our rich and valuable human experiences gleaned by the creation and continuance of those traditions over the centuries.

    Some traditions should be discarded entirely. Racism is such a tradition.

    Most traditions played a valuable and even essential role in bringing us to the point in our human history that we have now reached. Perhaps these traditions, rather than being discarded out of hand, should be thought of and used more as an anchor for the next steps in our evolution and learning processes. Why throw out the baby with the bath water?

    After all, today's "progress" will be tomorrow's traditions.

    Posted by: CI3Iike
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  • I don't think that progress comes faster with the elimination of traditions.

    Competition is a fundamental driver of progress. People progress because they want to do better. It is part of human nature to want to be better than the person next door. But humans know they have better chances succeeding when working together. An example of this is hunting. Prehistoric humans hunted together to be more successful. Traditions play a fundamental part in this 'togetherness'. For example, people who migrate to foreign countries almost always stick to their own people because they share language, a mutual code of right and wrong, a mutual understanding of how the world works and trust. These things bond us together, provide us with a sense of belonging, a sense of stability and security so that we can better focus on other things such as competing, surviving and progressing.

  • Because we are only the people who made tradition

    I think that traditions are not an obstacle to progression because it is the opposite.Traditions are helping us to progress as truly. Also if we want to progress as truly, we'll have to know the tradition of progression -where we are coming and where we are aiming to go-.Otherwise, any progression would be something which born for the sake of change.


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