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Offline Mayla

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Tradition vs. Progress - Mutually Exclusive?
« on: October 25, 2014, 11:06:42 PM »
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Offline j_menz

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Re: Tradition vs. Progress - Mutually Exclusive?
«Reply #1 on: October 25, 2014, 11:34:41 PM »
In a slightly different context, Sir Isaac Newton said, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants". IMO that is the relationship.
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Re: Tradition vs. Progress - Mutually Exclusive?
«Reply #2 on: October 26, 2014, 08:09:47 PM »
Tradition -- if it is allowed to do so -- can become very limiting.  If someone, or some group, insists on slavishly following some tradition or other, I think that that can be very detrimental.

However, on the whole, it seems to me that tradition serves as a very useful -- if not deeply needed! -- regulator for progress, helping to damp out, if you will, the more frivolous extremes of progress.  I find it very useful to enquire as why we have always done something this way or that way -- that's tradition -- when examining a new way of doing something, rather than flying off with every new idea that comes along -- and usually incorporating aspects of each.

Not very well put, but perhaps you can see what I mean...
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Re: Tradition vs. Progress - Mutually Exclusive?
«Reply #3 on: October 27, 2014, 12:59:37 AM »
I see a distinction between change and progress, in that progress, by implication, has a strongly positive component. Change by itself merely results in the directive, "Let's all push the acclerator even if we don't know where the car is going", as J.B. Priestley aptly put it. In the arts, however, unlike in life, continually reaching out for the new has no particularly serious negative consequences that I can see. By and large, it seems perfectly possible to pick out the best of both worlds, traditional and experimental, and create as one wishes.
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Re: Tradition vs. Progress - Mutually Exclusive?
«Reply #4 on: October 27, 2014, 01:26:09 AM »
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