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Elephants Are Cooler Than the Jackass

hmiller Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 11:57 AM
Your title is correct but it must be admitted that elephants have much, much bigger behind. So there's a jackbutt on one side and taking up more space is the elephant's butt on the other. Appearing quite like John Boehner during the State of the Union address!

There is a natural order of customs: A value influences a practice that becomes a tradition.  Once separated by time from the value, the tradition is questioned and abandoned as inconvenient and unjustified.  That value either has merit and reemerges in a new practice or dies a natural death.

The trend in organized civilizations is to extend the life a tradition by making it law.  This can either be a beneficent move that preserves perpetual wisdom or a sanctimonious imposition that attempts to put an end to the debate.

An admirable example of canonized...