In stories about change vs. tradition, change is almost always the better option. People who stick to their traditions suffer, whilst those who see the need for change are frequently seen as heroes. It's logical. If something isn't working, why keep doing it?
Change can be difficult. When you're used to doing something a certain way, it can feel like the world will come to an end if you don't keep doing it that way. This is especially true if you're not sure what else to do or if no one else knows how to do it any other way.
But sometimes you have no choice but to make a change. Maybe your tradition is causing harm to others, or it's just not compatible with modern technology or society at large. In these cases, you need to be able to justify your decision to others.
Change can also be liberating. Once you learn how to adapt to new situations, they become easier. And once you get over your fear of the unknown, you can take advantage of all the opportunities life offers.
Finally, change can be exciting. Who knows what will happen next?
These are just some examples of how change can affect our lives.
Tradition evolves slowly, with changes from one generation to the next deemed important. As a result, individuals carrying out the traditions will be unaware of the shift, and even if a tradition suffers significant modifications over several generations, it will be perceived as unchanging.
For example, there are some families in India who have been wearing the same silk sari for many years. Even though they may know that new designs are being created each year, they believe this is part of the sari's tradition and so they continue to wear it.
Another example is the use of red carpets at Hollywood events. This was originally used as a way to warn people away from dangerous flowers like rhododendrons or azaleas. Now it is seen as something special, used by celebrities to show off their clothes.
Finally, not all changes to traditions are intended to make them look different or unique. Sometimes, it is simply because people lose interest in doing something anymore. For example, not every family member may want to wear the same sari for many years in a row, so they might choose to use hand-me-downs or buy new ones.
People tend to believe that changes to traditions are meant to make them look more modern or exciting, but this isn't always the case.
According to the rule of life, any living and dynamic tradition must, by definition, evolve. However, there is a risk that the Christian tradition of today will no longer be the same as that of yesterday, that it will have lost its homogeneity in the interim. This danger arises when Christians fail to keep up with the ever-changing world around them.
For example, some people claim that modern science has removed any need for religion to exist. Science is said to be able to explain everything we see around us and within us, so there's no need for a god to exist. This argument is wrong on two counts: first, because science can never explain everything; second, because even after all these years scientists are still discovering new things about our universe and humanity.
Thus, the Christian tradition needs to change if it is to remain relevant today and in the future.
However, this evolution of the tradition is not something to be feared. On the contrary, it is a sign that the tradition is alive and well and remains true to its original purpose.
The need to change does not mean that the tradition is imperfect or outdated. It means that there is more work to be done--work that cannot be done by anyone except the saints who have gone before us.
While traditions are wonderful in the home, they may be devastating in the commercial world. When you think about it, the concept of tradition compels us to switch off our brains. It's the simple, lazy thing to do. Simply follow the past to avoid having to undertake the difficult job of critical thinking in the present.
Tradition becomes a barrier when you want to do something new or different. It's easy to get stuck in a rut because there's nothing to push you out of your comfort zone. Without challenge, we stagnate. Change is essential for growth, and without it you die. Tradition prevents change, and therefore prevents life.
The problem with tradition is that it prevents progress. It keeps us trapped in our current state of knowledge or skill set. We're not able to move forward because any decision we make could cause us to fall back. This isn't good for anyone involved, especially not those who rely on us for support.
Sometimes traditions are kept even though they're not working. For example, someone might keep their job just because it's easier than looking for another one. This is probably not the best idea, as staying in a situation that's uncomfortable but keeping your head down is how stress builds up over time. That person will eventually explode.
Traditions are also bad when they force people to do things against their will.
Life is governed by the rule of change. Those who focus solely on the past and now are doomed to miss out on the future. The greatest revelation of all time is that a person's future may be changed just by altering their mindset. Never underestimate the power of a small group of thoughtful, devoted individuals to change the world. Indeed, it is their duty.
Change is inevitable: either you accept this fact and learn to like it, or you fight against it. Whether you decide to fight or not is up to you. But once you do, you should know that you are in for something new. A new challenge awaits you, something that will probably require some changes in your lifestyle. However, if you are willing to work at it, any thing is possible.
The only thing that doesn't change is change itself. Everything else does - even gravity. So never fear current events or other people's actions. Instead, look within yourself and find the strength to rise above it all.