By Michael Mandeville ’11
The world continues to change constantly.
This is something that is obviously going to happen as time moves on, so why should we live with “tradition” in mind?
The expansion of culture has created a different world, but not necessarily one that can be considered “anti-traditional.”
It is arguable that to be traditional is not to create a negative image and to keep conservative opinions and ideals strong.
So things like tattoos, piercing, wearing “bizarre” clothes and extravagant hair styles wouldn’t be anywhere near traditional. So, is appearance what dominates our society today?
I’d like to make the case that we are conforming to a more unified image as a culture.
If you think people want to rebel against the common image of society, why would popular brands dominate fashion trends that are followed by more and more people in countries that look to America for the “cool” image?
The more and more we conform to a certain image proves that we will eventually all just look the same.
If individuality isn’t expressed where will we get our culture from? We need to branch off from tradition because of what it promotes: old-fashioned ideals in a world that doesn’t necessarily benefit from them.
Sure, good manners and kind hearts are nice, but aren’t something that are necessarily “traditional” though. They are common sense.
Good morals should indeed be a part of our culture, but preserving traditional images, opinions and ideas could be harmful to the progression of modern society.
Keeping society traditional strictly for the sake of tradition will it traditional might end up getting us nowhere.