Tradition however is also used as an excuse to preserve privilege; which highlights the greatest flaw of tradition: it cannot justify itself. Tradition employed for it’s own sake is only to do so because it was always done so; ignorant of refinement, ignorant of progress, ignorant of learning and development. If anything, traditions should be challenged each time they are observed to ensure that they still bring meaning and benefit to our lives — however ephemeral or insubstantial that benefit may seem. David Dennis

This is one reason I sometimes cringe when I hear some people use the word tradition while doing something that excludes a person or a group of people. I see how the word “tradition” is used to justify religious, sexual and racial bigotry.