Tradition promotes one to stay the same, keeping a custom and opposing change. Change is usually required for progress and tradition prevents this. Tradition keeps one in their comfort zone and forces them to continue that tradition, as it was passed on to them and will be passed on to others. Without traditions, people may have advanced much further.
Traditions are not static. They are constantly evolving with time. New generations bring new thoughts, new ideas, new ways of doing things. However, we rarely recognize this as positive change within the context of culture and traditions. We always talk about, "losing our traditions," instead of what we have gained or ways that traditions have changed for the better. We seem to separate technological advances and new and innovated thinking as something that is separate from culture and traditions…However, is it because of culture and traditions that progress is possible.
When we forget about the importance of how culture impacts change, we live in fear.
We limit our progress when we hold on to traditions that don't make sense anymore. When the traditions are oppressive and hurt our people rather then help them.
When we don't question ourselves and ask…“Why is this tradition still important? How does this tradition help our family, our culture, our way of life.” Why we did things the way we did, 50 or 40 years ago may not make sense today. Is there a better way? Instead of fearing change, we need to embrace it. Instead of blaming the younger generations for not learning the older traditions, we need to embrace them for what they know and what they hold as values and find ways to create new traditions that will include them, instead of outcast them.
The traditions that have changed and adapted through the generations are the only ones that are going to live on forever. We need not hide behind our traditions. We need not judge others for breaking traditions. We need not let the younger generations carry the burden of "losing our traditions.” Rather, lets us embrace the natural evolution of culture and traditions. Let us hold onto the traditions that still make sense today and let go of the ones that are hindering progression toward a healthier happier human existence.
Today religion has been mutilated into so many different acts of superficiality that the word "tradition" has lost meaning in some sense. It is somehow said that the unwritten laws of time are meant to be followed . These laws have been named tradition. These shallow and in some sense illogical laws are licensed ways of hurting the weaker sections of society namely the lower class, the women ,etc. These traditions are now more of taboo if not followed .So braise yourself to be an outcast if you don't follow in the absurd footsteps of our so called wise and all-knowing ancestors.
Tradition can definitely get in the way of change. Many people get "stuck in their ways" and are incredibly afraid of change. While it is important to hold onto our traditions to a certain extent, people must also realize that it is only through change that we can grow into our full potential. Some people will never reach that because they are stuck in their traditions.
I will say that I don't believe all traditions are an obstacle to progress, but they can be. Would it be considered a tradition for a male to be a priest, or for only men to play football? It really depends on how much of a factor gender roles, sexual orientation, and other aspects play into "tradition." By my conclusion, I do believe that many people consider the male being the priest a tradition. I do believe that people consider one man and one woman in a marriage a tradition. And if that is the case, yes, it gets in the way of progress.
Not all,but some traditions are needed to be done away with.There are people who still believe in 'black magic' . The mentally disturbed
ones are taken to those black magic practitioners who claims that he/she was possessed by evil spirit and would get rid of the spirit from her body by exorcism.Is this a good tradition?
Tradition gives guidance to our lives.....It helps us to lead a progressive life..Traditions are essential, for alone our vision is too narrow. Together our vision widens and strength is renewed”. These words of Mark Reed hold great importance in the present day where tradition has, for some, become a barrier in the path of growth and progress.
Tradition in fact is a stimulant to progress. We do not have to worry about how to do mundane or even very important things, as there is a set custom or procedure to do it.
In fact it is a scientific approach to life, where the final outcome is assured, without having to experiment. We are emotionally and physiologically at peace, which enables us to focus our complete energy for advancement and progress of self as well as the society at large.
The tradition of holding the flag high in the face of adversary has made many small men immortal and great. These men did not think twice, before laying down their lives upholding this tradition. Their act of bravery has at times changed the course of battle and even History.
Not all traditions are good. There is need for rethinking and weeding out some traditions like untouchability, child marriages and dowry etc., which have no place in the modern society. We are today more educated and enlightened to differentiate between good and bad. It should be our endeavour to promote good and weed out the bad tradition, in keeping with the times.
Following tradition, therefore, guides our lives and saves us from the many pitfalls and dangers. It is a virtue, which helps us lead a happy and progressive life.
Tradition is not an obstacle for progress, in fact understanding traditions and why and how they came to exist is the best way to real progress. There is nothing wrong with innovation and advancement. For instance, technology has really advanced the speed at which we communicate with each other. However, when we reach a point when college freshman find it appropriate to send an email to their professors with terms like "u told us" and "thnx" , it might be time to access just how the speed at which we communicate really affects us.
Of course if in a less-modern society, one was to call every practice "tradition" and refuse to change anything for the sake of tradition, the society would not move forward at all. However, this is not normally the case. Important traditions which are held sacred will always be kept in tact and will hardly interfere with progress.