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Debate Score:85
Arguments:41
Total Votes:105
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Is tradition an obstacle to progress?

 

Yes

Side Score: 42
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No

Side Score: 43

Although I have no problem with traditions, and rather enjoy them, it does seem that tradition would impede progress. I mean, check out the Amish. It's an extreme example, but an Amish infatuation and dedication to tradition has completely halted any and all "progress" that may have taken place.

Then again, the word progress is impossible to define. Perhaps an Amish style of living is progress, and a 'normal' lifestyle is a decline. Who's to judge?

| Side: yes
nctrox(1) Disputed
1 point

traditions and progress are two words that could go very well together.traditions do not put restrictions , in fact they can bring in brand new ideas to life.

| Side: No
4 points

I see tradition as doing something over and over without considering new ways to do it. You just do it because of the sake of tradition... because your grandparents and their parents were doing it... so we continue to pass it on. Traditions become mental paradigms that hinder our ability to do things differently.

Relligions are full of traditions. In the catholic church in latin america often times you see the priest walk around with an insense thing that gives off smoke. No one really knows why but there must be something "sacred" about it. The truth is that it was done in the past in order to fend off mosquitos. But now it is continued because it became a tradition.

so yeah, if progress is to move forward , traditions of any kind are an obstacle.

| Side: yes
3 points

Usually, some form of punishment comes as a result of not following tradition. This discourages people from trying new things.

| Side: yes
JakeJ(3232) Disputed
3 points

Could you give me an example of that?

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| Side: No
3 points

yes sati is an example many brilliant women have lost their life due to sati nd lot of improvement has has gone

| Side: yes
2 points

Yes, but with a very large HOWEVER...

First, what is tradition? And also what is progress?

Tradition is a natural enemy to progress because progress is the antithesis to tradition. The words are antonyms.

However, if you mean, for example, the belief in God being an obstacle to progress, or anything along that line, that is beyond a question of tradition and progress.

I hope we are speaking just of scientific inquiry. Otherwise, this topic doesn't work well as an argument because the natural and supernatural are different, and thus cannot be easily compared.

| Side: yes
2 points

in many ways it is. things like religion, and marriage stand in the way. religion is telling people how to think and what to do rather than have people think for themselves and adjust to the times and environment appropriately.

| Side: yes
2 points

yes tradition is an obstacle to progress.

TRADITIONS ARE UNWRITTEN BELIEFS AND CUSTOMS THAT ARE HANDED DOWN FROM GENERATIONS TO GENERATIONS ..

PROGRESS MEANS TO ADVANCE FROM ONE STAGE TO ANOTHER...

WE HAVE NEVER BEEN DEVELOPED FROM OUR ANCESTORS RATHER WE ARE HEADING TOWARDS DESTRUCTION BY BREAKING THE TRADITIONAL VALUES.TRADITION INVOKES THE PRINCIPLE THAT OLD WAYS OF DOING THINGS ARE MORE SAFER, MORE RELIABLE AND HENCE BETTER THAN THE NEW ONES , WHICH ARE BASED ON UNTESTED WAYS .IN SHORT OLD IS GOLD . IN TRADITION OLD PRACTICES HAVE VALUES SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE OLD OR AT LEAST THEY GIVES US A SENSE OF CONTINUITY WITH THE PAST . IN CONTRAST MODERN CONCEPT OF PROGRESS DISCARDS TRADITION AS OBSOLETE AND DISPROVEN . THE MODERN CONCEPT SAYS IF IF THE OLDER TRADITIONAL IDEAS ARE SUPPOSEDLY THE BETTER ONES THEN THE MODERN TECHNOLOGICAL IDEAS ARE EVEN SUPERRIOR...

| Side: yes
1 point

in front of my life, tradition have to prevent progress.....

do you know? any one of philosopher have said, "follow us progress, if that progress not to make a fuss from religious", and now i see, progress make religious have to easy to publish, and than, progress haven't wrong to...........

| Side: yes
1 point

In early time animal sacrifices were there ,which was a tradition.It is not a good to sacrifice animal for our will.So,I think tradition is an obstacle to success

| Side: Yes
1 point

see i can understand v hv to follow our own tradition ,bt f v go to some other country s it nessary v hv to carry it wit us?

| Side: Yes
1 point

y r ppl speaking fr both points??????ppl pls speak for or against the point....................

| Side: Yes
0 points

i think that traditions are just what we believe in blindly. take an example of superstitions we say if we sneeze once then it is a bad omen but if we sneeze twice it becomes our lucky charm. how many of us in this busy life pay attention n count their sneezes. we have often beliefs that if we wear this ring our future will be fruitful and also we see many now if that would be the case then there would be no need to study we'll wear a ring and not study hard and get a gud result. what we need is good judging of things taking place in our society. we say we come across a badluck when a black cat cuts our way. if it is so then if a student is studious n he is going to give interview n he is well deserved but when he is on his way a cat cuts off his path it means no need to go to give interview u r failed. we should change our mentality as we emerge into new time being or else we'll lag behind still following old and useless customs which have no value and no profit in this time.

| Side: yes
5 points

Progression does not conflict with tradition. Those who believe in traditional settings can still live their lives by traditional standards while others live their lives the way they want to.

Plus, the tradition of America has always been liberty and rebellion. I don't really understand Conservatives when they say "Gay marriage goes against tradition". America, if it was a person, would say "Fuck that. The only tradition I condone is kicking ass and taking names. Nothing 'bout queers getting married".

| Side: No

Not unless you allow it to be! Tradition is a good thing and many people and families have their traditions which they follow year after year and pass down to generations. I would say it's the other way around anyway...that progress stands in the way of traditions. When I was growing up most families visited with one another on Sunday afternoons after dinner. With the absence of 'blue laws' we can no longer do that since many people have to work on Sunday's. It's a shame too because in today's world most people don't really know their Aunts, Uncles and Cousins the way they did when I was a kid.

| Side: No
3 points

I'm confused about the picture, is it a lame attack at traditional Christian America? Because I'm sick of that crap.

Anyways, I like tradition and I think it's important.

| Side: No
MisterGuy Disputed
3 points

You didn't answer the original question at all. Try again...

| Side: yes
chapulina(151) Disputed
2 points

Rather than a long debate explanation, I went for a picture which showed tradition and progress side by side. The conclusions are up to the debaters... They might see it as a proof that tradition and progress can go along, but I guess you took it some other way...

I'm looking forward to people's opinions on this one, as I don't know where to place myself. So if it's not much to ask, maybe you could tell us what exactly you like about tradition and why do you think it's important...

| Side: Yes
JakeJ(3232) Disputed
2 points

First of all, it depends on what the tradition is. If I have a tradition that once a day I study hard for two hours I will make much progress.

But this is probably meant to be about Christianity right?

People getting together to try to follow the example of a perfect person so that we can all make better decisions and get along, yeah that's totally preventing us from progress..... Give me a break.

And whats the point of the picture? Prayer is a waste of time? That's assuming one ideological belief to be right and one to be wrong so it's really not relevant to this debate.

| Side: No
2 points

I agree, tradition is extremely important, whether it be about religion or study habits. Consider a timetable people. Getting out of bed at 7:30 am and going to McDonald's for breakfast before school is something my Aunt does every morning on one of her kids birthdays. That's a tradition for her family.

On my birthday, my brother wakes me up at 6:00am, because that was when I was born.

Are you saying these things are bad because they're repeated over and over again? What progress are those traditions stopping? And what's God got to do with stopping progress? Hasn't He proven that by creating us with freewill, he's all for it?

| Side: No

See? Separate but equal. Who says it doesn't work? Is the one on the left a direct line to "The Man" Himself? If so, who are the idiots that use the one on the right? ;)

| Side: No
MisterGuy Disputed
2 points

Your "argument" is completely convoluted. Who ever mentioned "Separate but equal" in the original question??

| Side: yes

It was a strategic first strike against those who wanted to use that argument ;)

| Side: No
akshara(26) Disputed
1 point

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY "SEPARATE BUT EQUAL"? THINK BEFORE WRITNG .

| Side: yes

2 separate phones but other than that, they are equal. They should both get you to the man upstairs ;)

| Side: No
1 point

Tradition is the base of society. If you take it away, society will crumble. Without tradition, we would never have discovered the wonderful things of the the world today. Tradition also provides security, whether it be among family, friends or co-workers, it is always there.

I don't know about you, but my family still contains a lot of Welsh based tradition and I am the first born child outside of Wales.

It is important for my kids to know about where they come from, and tradition is very much an important part of that.

Tradition is an old dustier synonym of 'culture'. And without culture where would we be?

| Side: No
1 point

i m shore that tradition obstacle to progress ?

tradition is not stop us from progress , because in Muslim people that is there tradition that there women shod where hijab rather working or studying with hijab.

They can't study or works ????

they can work & they can study !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it is my opinion

| Side: No
1 point

Traditions are things to be followed by everyone as they have got to do something with religion and religion is to be followed.

| Side: No
1 point

Not at all,traditions are fantastic and freedoms allow progress.People may be the obstacles but not the traditions.

| Side: No
1 point

hmmm tradition is very important :)

It is advantages and disadvantages. I think that tradition is synonym ,culture' Yes , I agree

| Side: No

No, unless there is some kind of agreement between the parties, tradition can be great. A majority of our time on Earth is devoted to tradition, ie Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, July of 4th and all other holidays.

| Side: No
1 point

i think that traditions are not an obstacle to progression because it is the opposite.Traditions are helping us to progress as truly.Also if we want to progress as truly, we'll have to know the tradition of progression -where we are coming and where we are aiming to go-.Otherwise, any progression would be something which born for the sake of change.

| Side: No
1 point

IT IS NOT AN OBSTACLE TO PROGRESS , IT ISA WAY TO PROGRESS

| Side: No
1 point

OUR MODERN WORLD IS ONLY THINKING OF MONEY AND THE TRADITIONALS ABOUT THEIR HEALTH THATS THERE MAIN DIFFERENCE

| Side: No
1 point

All ancient cultures are steeped in tradition. Without tradition we wouldn't have culture. "Progress," read: changing things, can be worked around tradition and culture. Not all gears have to turn at the same rate.

| Side: No
0 points

tradition has not stopped us from being a progressed one but it is we who are thinking this. we believe or we have a custom as touching the feet of our elders gives us much good n positive thoughts we gain moral values. is that not similar to that we should respect our elders. old is gold this saying is not written just for liking but it has a proof too. tradition is what we believe and this passes on and it is twice thought and then came into existence.

| Side: No
akshara(26) Disputed
2 points

WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING BOTH THE TAGS . SUPPORT ONE ONLY. DEBATE IS ABOUT SUPPORTING ANY ONE MOTION .

| Side: yes


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