In my formative dissenting days one of my favorite anthems was To Defy the Laws of Tradition by Primus. The first couple of lyrics to the song say it all…
“What if Christmas didn’t come this year? Who would cry the biggest tear..the child or the store?”
For years I thought the lyrics were ‘To defy the laws of tradition, is a crusade only of the brain’ but later discovered it is ‘a crusade only of the brave’. Ultimately, they are both true, it is a crusade for the brave and might only take a crusading of your mind to embrace. The Idea that things happen, often as a result of habit (aka…tradition) with sometimes little thought to how it applies holistically was of interest to me then and still is today. Several times a day I encounter these laws of tradition or perhaps even ideas pretending to be a law of tradition. I have become more attuned to spotting them these days and wish to capture and share these laws of tradition with my own twist as they arise.
Law of Tradition
That when it comes to your livelihood, others have your best interest in mind. Naturally, we all have our best interest in mind. Sometimes these interests overlap with others interests and form a relationship. Other times, they are polar opposites. It is ultimately a matter of personal interest and intelligence. In many societies it’s difficult to have the interests of others in mind due to the way the people interact with each other. In the US, for example, we associate nearly everything to money now’a’days. When the country’s well-being is looked at it’s based on money distribution: jobs, national spending, national debt, etc. It’s generally acceptable to think when you want to take care of your own well-being you ensure you have enough money to do so. Also generally acceptable; if you don’t have enough money then your state of well-being is in jeopardy.
To Defy the Law of Tradition
Keep your best interests in mind all the time and define yourself by them. It is in your best interest to keep all of your surroundings in mind and support them. By supporting them, they are supporting you. This cycle is incredibly important to the well-being of everyone and if the circle is broken the domino-effect of decline begins across all things. This is present in a lot of popular sayings, often said without consideration for well-being: “What goes up must come down”, “What goes around comes around”, “those are the breaks”, “you reap what you sow” – all sayings about this cycle and its affect. If I were to stop this waterfall up top then everything downstream would stop benefiting from it, and thus I will stop benefiting from things downstream. It’s in my best interest not to stop up this flow of water. Since resources are generally only available with money, and clearly there are those that are blocking it’s flow as well, don’t be a blocker to defy this law of tradition.