Saturday, June 28, 2008

LIVING IN CONTINUITY

"Tradition is the living faith of dead people to which we must add our chapter while we have the gift of life. Traditionalism is the dead faith of living people who fear that if anything changes, the whole enterprise will crumble." -- Jaroslav Pelikan

2 comments:

Jane said...

Great quote

El Fouche said...

Tradition is also that which connects us to our history, without which our present becomes just a surface sheen, without depth. Tradition can be a dead weight, leaving us looking backwards rather than around us or at the future, but its total abandonment leaves us without root or identity.

It is this tension - holding on to the present and the future without letting or being dragged under by the past - that gives room for innovation and creativity, whilst reminding us that ultimately there is nothing new under the sun.