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Sunday, April 09, 2006 

Going around the wicket

We often use the word ‘traditionally’ to talk about how some contemporary concept worked earlier. We say traditionally we are religious people and we deliver our prayers by going to temples and mosques. While that might be a tradition even holy books agree that you don’t need a temple to worship your god. So that brings a case for not following tradition. Tradition largely is some pattern which is devoid of logic, not calling it senseless but it doesn’t have theoretical reasoning behind it. Like when hockey players start the match they form a circle with their stick in front of them forming a smaller circle and then they start the pep talk. So no reasons just a tradition. Another example is my cricket team enters the field we put our hands one on the other and raise them with the call of Wallace as to the warrior from braveheart. Numerous new guys have asked me what it means and why only this name but I have failed to gather an answer for I never asked this question as a junior and have always been shouting that.

The point I am trying to discuss here is should we follow traditions for the heck of it or try to change them or not care about them at all. I think the first two options are pretty much the same just that the particular tradition is being changed but you would agree to having a tradition, but what about not caring about it at all. Now it makes for an interesting case, you know that the tradition is not based on logic (mostly). So continuing it needlessly is serving no point, but then you start to wonder that if it is actually insignificant why it has been there for so long. It is never easy to convince yourself that breaking a tradition will serve any purpose either, I mean if it doesn’t make a difference you might just let it be anyways.

My feeling like what I believe will be the feeling of most people who read this (and that number is generally small) is that it depends on the situation whether you want to break, change or continue the tradition. Of course the option we select will be the one that yields the most tangible profit to us. But then there is a certain ethical side to it. For instance you try to make up your mind on some such stupid tradition as to whether you agree to follow it or not, the problem arises when you think that to get that tangible something you have to change your opinion. What do you do?
I believe every human mind is installed with one basic function, that is to prove that it is correct and whenever it realizes that it may have made a mistake it looks for other minds who would either justify that judgment or may have made the same mistake so that your mind is not the only one guilty. And then that mistake can be passed off as human nature. Therefore everyone thinks about traditions in a way that suits them better, saying that our opinion depends on the situation is just like a time out you take to see that if you are conflicting your ethics you find more people who did so and so that you are clear. In fact in a very ironic sense this forms a tradition where every person gives a judgment based on this time out. A tradition which we later don’t even realize that it exists.

arre sahi aap bhi ye shauk farmaate hai. Good stuff.

a nice commentary on the workings of the human mind....I got to say that I pretty much agree on what you said....
Good job. Keep the posts flowing

Hi shreyas,
I know u don know me so first of all my introduction.
I am Sonali Prajapati, working in Nagarro Softwares, Gurgaon.
This introduction is only to recognize, me who i am?
but my actual introduction is i am girl from a small place
aiming for sky.
Well i wanna say something on ur blog or u can say i wanna critisize whatever u feel n write in this blog.
u told abt traditionalism
i don know abt the sports but as u said that holy books agree that you don’t need a temple to worship your God.Then why we go Temples to pray.
but dear friend i am not saying that it is must for all to go temple n worship but i am saying that we r peoples who need a base to concentrate our mind.
That should b a physical thing.
n when u become so spritual u need no temple.
But dear friend there r very few peoples who can concentrate there mind without a base.
and Temples give them a base to concentrate there mind.
I believe that the main thing is our trust in anything.
Because only trust in anything gives us max confident.
Sometimes people say something like sikh says "jo bole saunihal, shastriykal".
because it gives them confidence.
So traditions are not some fake things but they were made by peoples who know the reasons n facts behind them.But for the simple peoples who cant understand those things
they make them as traditions .I believe that traditions not made on fake things but they have strong facts n theoratical reasons.
If u want to know them go for the traditional books they will tell u all the truths, n stories.
well friend i am not saying ki all should believe on these things.
We r also literate peoples n we can also make our rules n traditions.
But this is not meant ki we tell that all the old traditions have no meaning n no reasons
they were made for us to live life in a controlled n easy manner.
If u r not agree with this just ignore this mail. n
if agree then think, think n think
n u will get all the ans.
bye have a nice day

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