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When most people think about traditions, they associate them with holiday celebr ations, weddings, family

reunions. etc. What most people probably don't underst and is that the concept of tradition is much broader than the above mentioned ex amples. A tradition is a procedure, which people copy repeatedly and often hand down to younger generations. The entire government is comprised of traditions. The method of organizing peop le, voting, making decisions, court procedures are all in and of themselves - si mply traditions, repeated procedures. They are traditions, which are outlined i n the constitution and probably in other documents also. These traditions, or, we can also say, rituals, are the same as or have developed from traditions of e arlier governments in previous nations, such as Rome, Greece, etc. The military is also comprised of traditions. Military strategists often study methods of former generals and copy methods of former times. War is not a new p henomenon on our planet and it almost seems as if war iteslf is a sort of perpet ual ritual. Capitalism is itself a traditional method of organization of labor (as opposed t o unpaid labor). Banking is not a new system and every new bank is organized on principles of previous banks. Going to work every day is a repeated procedure. Recieving a regular wage is also a tradition. As humans organize society again and again on the basis of past traditions, it i s absurd to expect drastically different results. As humans continue to impleme nt methods of the past, they can and do encounter very similar results in societ y and in personal life. Should we be surprised that wars on planet Earth never seem to stop? Traditional methods may seem to be the easiest, but they can also be dangerous. Naivety and mindless reverence of traditions go hand in hand!