This just seems wrong. I’ll take a cold spill on real ice, thank you. And that thin spray of ice shavings you can kick up when you do a hockey-stop? I’d miss it.

And this? How will the children ever read the original U.S. Constitution? Or write a personal Thank You in flowing script for that special gift, signed with their unique signature? And what of those brain benefits and fine motor skills and the loss of an art?

I’m with Tevye:

A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask ‘Why do we stay up there if it’s so dangerous?’ Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition!

The constant tension between tradition and progress will never end. I like tradition for the comfort of it, the meaning it brings to life, the connection to the past and to others. Progress, it’s a benefit, too, of course, and a matter of course, and sometimes better. I would just hope that as a culture and as a nation we don’t ditch tradition because it’s the trendy thing to do, or the politically correct way, or the cheaper way, or because we think we’re intellectually superior to the “artificial constructs” we call tradition.

And how do we keep our balance?

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4 Responses to Tradition!

  1. Oh, I am a sucker for progress.
    And I’ve progressed to a new blog on wordpress. Would you be able to change your blogroll URL for Dreaming Beneath the Spires to please.
    Thanks much,
    P.S. Lovely to catch up with your blog

  2. e-Mom says:

    I love history and traditions too… oh my yes… but sadly, only to a point. For whatever reason, my brain is forever seeking out the stimulation of the new, or the creative solution.

    How do I keep the balance? Just depends on my mood and circumstances. I’m grateful we have the *choice* to seek one or the other.

    Trusting you are well!

    Blessings, e-Mom :~D

  3. Jen says:

    Anita> ~ I’ve updated your blog link, thanks for the info. :) I’ll head over to visit shortly.

  4. Jen says:

    e-Mom, oh, don’t be sorry that you like new creative things, that’s wonderful, we need people like you!! If all the world had was people like me, it’d be a bore.

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