This is my current statement of my tradition: I grew out of the
- Mid-western tradition of the
- U.S. tradition of the
- Quaker tradition of the
- Protestant tradition of the
- Catholic tradition of the
- Jewish tradition of the primordial human condition with cousins in the Islamic tradition and the Buddhist tradition and with more distant cousins in other religious traditions and non-religious traditions of the
- Primordial human tradition of the
- Mammal tradition (225m years ago) of the
- Reptile tradition of the
- Amphibian tradition of the
- Fish tradition of the
- Multicellular organism tradition of the
- Single cell tradition of the
- Pre-life tradition of the
- Universe tradition of the
This descriptive statement of my tradition is a statement about my understanding of universalism, Quaker universalism. Is this only my truth or is it a shared truth with you?
Tradition is the past that lives in the present.
- Tradition is a key to understanding ourselves and our role
- Tradition is both conscious and unconscious
- Tradition is a selection: consciously and individually or unconsciously and culturally or a combination of the two
- Selective memory and forgetting is part of choosing our tradition.
- Selection of tradition has consequences. It matters to practice.
What can you say is your tradition? What are the consequences of the tradition you describe for your practice in life?
Your reflection on tradition will also help me to clarify my understanding of my (our) tradition.