When I hear men reference “traditional marriage” and a more “traditional” American culture I immediately reflex in thought that what was “traditional” in terms of human behavior toward another has always been exactly what un-becomes tradition and evolves the fastest.
“Traditional” to me can be a lovely thing when it is describing the practices man has over inanimate objects; like how to prepare a turkey, how to dance a jig, how and when to sing a hymn, how to cuss in your grandparent’s language, etc. I notice how it starts to get a little dangerous when tradition envelopes Human will and appears to rightfully trump free will when deciding what is ‘better’ for certain people to do with their lives. Traditional values, traditional marriage, are things that come to mind. And so I have noticed a bit of a logical conflict here – it seems the people most interested in maintaining a traditional lifestyle are the people who are leading Biblically centered lives, yet in the Bible the entire premise for man’s bothering to be brought into existence is to exercise free will. So why then, impede God’s plan for Humans to have free will by being so insistent that people adhere to a particular set of values? Isn’t this innately defiant to the creator you believe in?
Furthermore, it is hard not to notice that the leaving-out of anyone who cannot accommodate a certain traditionally presupposed lifestyle would mean that those who can are separating themselves from those who cannot. This to me is seemingly the least Christ-like behavior, as it is a clear repetition and re-manifestation of the Original Sin – Separation from God. How can you be Holy if you are constantly premising your existence on separating yourself from other creations of God, by way of you religion, your lifestyle, your politics, your values, etc? The act of separation by self-espoused liturgical people seems to me to be an utterly devilish act.
I’d have to also point out that the only thing that makes a concept traditional is its repetition. And a lot of very bad things get repeated. So this cannot be the only logical anchor point for tradition – and yet it is. Any number of hideous practices have been filed as tradition and reverently so. Mayans cut the heart out of their sacrificial neighbor, cut their head off and rolled it down temple steps. Obviously this would bring good crops and is a wonderful tradition. It has been tradition in India for families to arrange the marriage of their offspring. Women love this and it has nothing to do with them being seen as property or beneficial to extending a family line and funding said family through a dowry. It is one of America’s newer traditions – but some Mormon men traditionally perpetrate the brainwashing and use of underage females for service as a wife, homemaker, sex-haver, baby farmer and general subservient to the male ego and sex drive. But the women love this. It is called a “traditional” life style in the Mormon faith, adhering to their earliest (read: 180 year old) tenants, and therefore it must be good. It uses the word TRADTIONAL. Aren’t you listening? Traditional means good. It is synonymous only with turkey, Christmas, Jesus, national anthems and nothing that can ever hurt you. It has been in no way involved with the perpetuation of some bad ideas that have hurt or limited people anywhere in the world ever. Just call something tradition, and you will have incited a magical incantation hypnotizing the sheepeople into a relaxed, receptive lull, wherein agreement to what ever you just said is rufied into their date-rape ready mind. And they were asking for it.
If it were really God’s Law to live in a certain manner, then it couldn’t be violated. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that God’s Laws would outrank the laws of physics? Try violating gravity and see what happens.
So then there really must not be any true laws from the creator governing the soft-tissue of our social lives. Whites can marry blacks, men can marry each other, Jews can eat shellfish, and the world is not knocked off its axis and the sun still came up tomorrow…which reminds me of another set of actual inviolable laws, those of nature…including Human nature.
So the next time you hear someone refer to a deviant lifestyle as violating “traditional” values, or that it is against God’s Law, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that both are abstract concepts in the minds of men, and always have been. Guess it’s just tradition.