There is always place for maintaining tradition and customs in our human lives. Our tradition gives us a link to our ancestors and our respective cultures. We abide by these older customs almost instinctively, for to be without tradition and culture is to be without any foundation. We nurture our young with the knowledge of our heritage, much as the tree nourishes its leaves from the strength of its roots.
While our traditions do give us the building blocks upon which we grow, there are times when we must question some of the practices maintained within the culture.
Any custom, which deprives the individual of their in-born rights as human beings to flourish and practice their own way of life, must be opposed. The individual's right to maintain their own traditions and customs should always be permitted, as long as they in no way diminish the quality of the individual's own life and does not negatively impact the lives of others.
As technology continues to bring the common man closer to his fellow man around the world, we find it easier to recognize some of the vast differences in our respective traditions and cultures. From simple dietary restrictions to performing surgeries on new born to deadly rituals celebrating key passages in life, we find there is an abundance of cultural practices heaped upon us by our past.
As humans in charge of our own destinies, we always reserve the right to break with our traditions if the consequence improves our quality of life.
Just as the horrendously ugly thought of Worf's pre-teen son wiping the blood off the blade on his own sleeve, after having stabbed his father through the heart with the same knife, caused Worf to reject his Klingon custom of suicide, hopefully, we humans can recognize the ugliness in some of our more ritualistic customs and abandon them just as promptly.
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