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Elephants Are Cooler Than the Jackass

togubin Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 4:44 PM
They're still jackasses.

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...