Tradition and myth frame our response…

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.

Harold MacMillan (1894 โ€“ 1986)

I grew up in a Jewish family, and we have raised our children in a Jewish tradition. Religion gives a framework for moral enquiry in young minds and points us to questions beyond the material.

Michael Sandel (b. 1953)

An unexamined faith is not worth having, for fundamentalism and uncritical certitude entail the rejection of one of the great human gifts: that of free will, of the liberty to make up our own minds based on evidence and tradition and reason.

Jon Meacham (b. 1969)

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.

Henry James (1843 โ€“ 1916)

As beautiful as simplicity is, it can become a tradition that stands in the way of exploration.

-Laura Nyro (1947 โ€“ 1997)

Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.

Arthur Schlesinger (1917 โ€“ 2007)

Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 โ€“ 1986)

When a tradition gathers enough strength to go on for centuries, you don’t just turn it off one day.

Chinua Achebe (1930 โ€“ 2013)

Tradition is the illusion of permanence.

Woody Allen (b. 1935)

You don’t really need modernity in order to exist totally and fully. You need a mixture of modernity and tradition.

Theodore Bikel (1924 โ€“ 2015)


I am offline for 25 hours for the Jewish festival ofย Sukkot,ย from sunset on Monday to sunset on Tuesday. Iโ€™m looking forward to reconnecting with you soon!

13 thoughts on “Tradition and myth frame our response…”

  1. Woody is not my favorite human being but he often gets right to the crux of things. And Laura Nyro, one of my favorite songwriters, has got me thinking about just what we ate looking for when we seek simplicity. (K)

  2. Wow. So many things in all of that. Packs a punch. Some, what Iโ€™m seeing, contradict another, but all are so, true, I guess. Tradition for me is, well, eating this sardines, raisins, walnuts over Angel hair spaghetti dish every Christmas Eve. That and opening one present. My grandpa was Italian, but I found out I was adopted a year ago, and Iโ€™m Belgium/Polish/Hungarian. So my tradition at the moment isโ€ฆ.. Wafflesโ€ฆ. Hmmโ€ฆ when does one make a new tradition?

    1. ๐Ÿงก Charley ๐Ÿงก – I agree! I deliberately selected conflicting quotes to reflect different aspects of what tradition is to me. All of these speak to me in one way or another.


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