This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Counterfeit traditions

The so-called ‘traditions’ of your fathers do not apply to you, for the simple reason that they have nothing to do with Tradition itself. They are simply ‘customs’—purely human productions based on preference and or habit or accident. Tradition is a product of wisdom and is the expression of Truth itself, which is why the only traditional authority left in the West, the Catholic Church, holds that Tradition cannot be altered. Custom, however, is disposable as soon as it becomes ineffective. When your elders speak of the ‘traditional’ way of doing things, they mean simply the conventional way of doing things—the way things have been done recently. You can usually safely ignore these habits, provided you replace them with something animated by wisdom, in which case you will still be living according to a convention, but your convention will have its foundation in Tradition.

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