Saintly Thoughts

On Freedom & Tradition

May freedom exist for man outside of the bounds of structure and tradition?  No, it cannot, for language is a structure and a tradition, and how could we even consider the very term freedom without the tradition of language?  Now note, one need not confine oneself to a single language.  Traditions may interact and thus create new traditions.  This is freedom, not that man may construct his reality ex nihilo but that he may learn from those traditions which exist around him.  Language is a tradition, family is a tradition, religion is a tradition, science is a tradition.  But not all traditions are created equal.  Note that in modern parlance, a tradition and a paradigm are much the same thing.