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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Uncommon Sense - Traditions

In Oxford's dictionary, a tradition is "a custom or belief that has continued from the past to the present."
In Encarta's dictionary, it's "a long-established action or pattern of behavior in a community or group of people, often one that has been handed down from generation to generation."

Well, excuse me, but what makes a tradition so convincing that not only do we endorse and adopt it, but also pass it on to the next generation. Is it blind trust in the past generations? Don't we always try to modernize everything?
I once read that traditions can persist for thousands of years!
 Are we afraid of change? Well, we need to change that.

I know that some traditions represent certain cultures. I respect that. But sometimes traditions are really impractical. That really doesn't promote the respective culture.

And how can a belief be a tradition? Can't we think on our own now?

Well, I'm not an anthropologist nor a philosopher.

This is just eating me.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Uncommon Sense - Names

According to Oxford's dictionary, a name is "a word or words by which a person, animal, place or thing is known."
To Encarta's dictionary, it's "a word, term, or phrase by which somebody or something is known and distinguished from other people or things."

Well, I beg to differ.
A name isn't what someone is known by. I happen to know a myriad of people whose names I don't even know. Their faces is how I know them.

And a question that arises is this: If everyone you knew had the same name, would that make it easier or harder for you to remember them?
Nonsense? OK.

How about nicknames? Do we give them just to have and make fun, or do they represent a better way to remember people? (You know, mnemonics.)

And how about emotions? Sometimes you can't name your emotional state. Some people, for example, seem to cry when they're extremely happy.

This is just eating me.