Tradition and change

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What is a tradition? What is the function of tradition? What are valid criteria for modifying or abolishing a traditional practice, and when should it be retained unchanged? Traditional practices help to reinforce group identity, which is why they are so powerful, and why so many people resist changing them. [Read more...]

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Change

Autumn foliage splendor in the Green Mountain National Forest

My favourite times of year are the transitional seasons of spring and autumn, when everything is changing rapidly. In spring there are new blossoms and leaves emerging; in autumn, the leaves are blown away in the wind, and the smell of bonfires symbolises the transformation of decay into the bright energy of fire. [Read more...]

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