Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tradition Provides a Variety of Choices

A mature tradition, like an ecosystem, provides a variety of choices for a diversity of lifestyles, and to clarify the depth of this diversity, that does not mean merely 99 different flavors of the same set of choices! It does not, on the other hand, mean "anything goes" either, because tradition is a response to real instinctual and developmental needs, and the need to harmonize conflicting claims, rights, and responsibilities. But even within the parameters of these complex, converging vectors, one size does not fit all --- not, at least, if it is a fully matured tradition.

A tradition should be like Wyrd, providing a variety of different options depending upon how conventional or unconventional one is willing to be. It has different schedules for different itineraries.


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