Tradition (Latin tradition, from tra’dere, forward), is the handover from generation to generation of:
- historical memories,
- religious doctrines,
- myths about individuals,
- ancient legends,
- folk tales,
- family memories,
- inherited customs,
- inherited ways of performing art and music pieces.
- Benjamin Franklin: "Tradition does not mean guarding the ashes, but fanning the embers."
- Jean Jaurès: "Tradition is not guarding the ashes, but stirring up the flames."
- Gustav Mahler: "Tradition is the spreading of fire and not the veneration of ashes."
- Ricarda Huch: "Tradition is the passing along of red-hot embers, not cold ash."
- Julius Evola: "A culture or a society is 'traditional', then, if it guides itself towards principles that transcend foolishly-individualistic ones in which people care only about and are shaped only by selfish concerns." (Ride The Tiger)
- "Tradition is revolution, etymologically and in-earnestness. 'Rev-volve' is to return to the source, but not before the cycle has run full-circle. True tradition is not conservative, but revolutionary: It aims for brining the cycle to completion, towards a new beginning." (Carlo Terracciano, "Revolt Against the Modern World")
Enemies of Tradition
Certain ethnic groups oppose the right of their enemies to propagate their own traditions. (See Jews).