MORE ABOUT TRADITION

By Christopher Fulkerson

CF's Composition Desk

 

As it is generally understood, tradition is a history of error.

The chief duty of tradition is to transmit secret teachings. However, this happens less and less often, primarily due to that particular popular notion of tradition that it is something that never changes. Traditions that never change have no information in them. It is the variations, however minor, in the web of transmissions of tradition that constitutes its information.

When it is working correctly, tradition is best understood as a language understood only by insiders, yet one which creates the false impression that anyone could understand it. Tradition is a cypher, communicated in a plaintext. If the cypher behind its plaintext is never understood, a tradition has failed.

When it does not work correctly, and especially when it is thought of as something that does not change, tradition is usually a means of arresting a society. When this happens, the most a society can hope for is that its entire corporate acts as the carrier of messages it cannot read, for delivery to such as may later decipher it. This delay can go on for centuries. When this happens, a nation is reduced to the status of a mother who loves her children but cannot teach them to read, and this situation carries with it all manner of vulnerability and hazard. It is better for a society to avoid the notion that tradition does not change, and learn to look for the secret meanings in its tradition.

The chief problem with doing this however is that those secret same teachings include instructions and reasons to do things that are at variance with the laws of states, certainly including the laws of the states in which they are supposedly most cherished. The power of government to coerce its people comes from keeping the truth about tradition from its people. True power to the people will never even begin to accrue unless an appreciable part of the citizenry know how to communicate through tradition. As the American patriot John Taylor pointed out, in the early days of its existence, the American government retained for itself the right to destroy the property of its people. It was deemed unwise to keep this language on the books, but the fact is that all governments work to keep their populace in ignorance and regularly use one form of lethal force or another to coerce its people. Public edication fails in America because no other first-world nation relies on the ignorance of its people more than Americ does. So there is not a "poor" system of public education, that is failing: there is NO system of public education. Instead there is a catechism of repeated slogans that is meant to PREVENT any appreciable part of the population from genuinely freeing itself.

The commonest coercion of government is to control its citizen's sex lives. France became more sexually free around the time of Francis the First by resisting Rome's direct religious influence and establishing its own national Catholicism, and it did this in part by establishing a centuries-long secret friendship with the Muslim world. The real sexual freedom of France began to end during the reign of Napoleon, ironically, a man who had once appeared to be Muslim, and with it went France's ability to raise the kind of army it had formerly been able to raise. It would be intersting to study to what extent post-Napoleon British policy rooted out compatibilities between France and Araby. Another common coercion of government, one advised by Plato, is to restrict a people's access to their own music. Germany made this too difficult for the rest of the world to exercise by encouraging all its people to play and sing classical music. In the 1830s, there were twenty million people, and eighteen million pianos, in Germany. This all ended with World War Two. Sexually and musically, America is both a conquered France and a conquered Germany. Musically, America in the main vascilates between the popular music that Rome secretly pushes, and the popular music that England has not so secretly invaded us with.

Since tradition is not understood, nor used wisely, the way it is usually used results in mistakes and opportunism in the act of communication. I once heard tradition described as the oldest game of "telephone" in existence. But it is of course not a game, and can do worse things than any game. Again, the history of tradition is a history of error.

Tradition can destroy a society. Unless it is actually growing in your home, your Christmas tree is probably a Trojan Horse.

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Posted November 15, 2009. Last updated 2/6/2010.

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