…..But it’s Tradition

Have you ever heard someone say But it’s Tradition?

 Or why can’t young people just celebrate traditionally or act in a traditional manner?  There are even some people that associate traditions and family values as a synonymous parallel.

You will hear certain politicians talk about American tradition or Family values.

Traditions can be many things. It can be Holidays, Sporting events, Music, Clothing, Food and Drink, Language, Religion. Because America is a huge ” Melting Pot” the lines are more blurred than ever and people can get frustrated , confused and down right ornery about it.

Over a very traditional Easter dinner on Easter day  we were celebrating in a traditional manner. There was family, prayer and Easter egg hunts with colorful Easter eggs and candy.

Someone mentioned my new car and I was telling my family that I named him. My brother-in-law said him? Its supposed to be a girl’s name, cars aren’t named after a male’s name, it is always a female name.

 I said yeah I know that, but I’m a girl so I named it after a guy. He said but traditionally its always a girl’s name.  I  said yes, because Traditionally everything was seen from male’s point of view, a man’s perspective. I mean think about it, who were making all the car ads in the 50’s 60’s 70’s 80’s , men were so of course they are going to name all the cars after women. The whole advertising world taught us that cars were a masculine thing, an extension of the male ego and sexual libido. He didn’t disagree.

Everything was to please the man, the white man if you want to clarify. Just look at all the magazine ads from back in the day, it was all to please men, not women. Even products  that were meant for female consumption, for the wife and the home maker; products like perfume, Tupperware and even Jello still  had advertisements directed to woo over the men first. Woman were secondary. They were not considered the decision makers or the money spenders and ads were usually made to appeal to king of the castle. Men were the kings. That’s how it was.

So who cares about car names anyway but it made a very simple point. Just because something is a tradition doesn’t mean it is good for us or good at all for that matter. It made me think about how easy it is for us to stay in our same thinking patterns even though it may be slanted, bent and we’ll just wrong. These are the same thinking patterns that get us into trouble time and time again.

The inability to think in a inclusive manner and stop falling back into what is comfortable to us. We need to be more aware and re-teach ourselves for out own good, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, all kinds.

Some American traditions have been steeped in anger, fear, sexist, racist and maniacal tendencies. Burning woman at the stake, Lynching, Hazing, Male Only and all White Only establishments are all American Traditions.

Most of us were NOT brought up on  inclusive ideology. For our own good we need to unlearn sometimes and that’s ok. Unlearning and re-training our minds  is what we all need to do at times to keep America strong. To keep our hearts strong.

It scares me to see the front running Republican Presidential Candidate is running on the back of non-inclusive thought. To be riding the FEAR train and picking up more and more passengers along the way. The fact that he is running on all those traditions I just mentioned, anger, fear, sexist, racist and maniacal tendencies and people are responding. People are responding to their fear and they don’t even know it.  

 I’m am scared.  I’m very scared.

Next time you say BUT IT’S TRADITION  think again. Think Twice.

For our own good.

 

Love and Happiness

Jloz

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