It’s no secret that our society values novelty over tradition. We are constantly searching for the latest, greatest gadget or episode or relationship that we think will satisfy our longings. Even the phrase “latest, greatest” assumes those two words belong together.
But not all that is new is good. Not all that glitters is gold, and (in the words of Tolkein), all that is gold does not glitter! We can’t rely on shininess to guide us toward the things that truly matter. And while it’s true that some traditions do indeed need to die and be re-imagined, many traditions contain priceless, hard-won wisdom that we’d be foolish to disregard just because we find it difficult to open the package.