To Defy the Laws of Tradition - Primus
What if Christmas didn’t come this year
and no one paid for Christmas cheer?
Who would cry the biggest tear,
the child or the store?
Why do brides wear virgin white?
Most do not deserve that right.
But to choose a color of their delight
would surely bring on the frowns.
These lyrics are remarkably straightforward and poignant. I too have always had a problem with tradition. On the one hand, it goes great lengths in keeping smaller sects close and together. But on the other, it goes even further in keeping different peoples apart and is generally just a huge retardant in terms of society’s progression. Though I wouldn’t happily part with much of the Jewish culture that has been part of my upbringing, it seems absurdly silly that some simple, outdated sentence of ours written thousands of years ago fucks over the majority of the gay community across the world. This is especially silly because the intention of the Christian Bible was to do away with most of our views but they decided to act as that one was their own. The practice of revisionism in the Jewish community is a somewhat noble one: Filtering out the bad while keeping the stuff to enable us to still bond. My only concern is whether or not it’s history they are rewriting, instead of just their lifestyle. For we should never forget how violent and stupid our past is, even though we should get rid of it in the present. Because if Jews do away with their history the only thing others will remember is the Holocaust. And this just enables Jews to play the victim, thereby justifying the ever so ironic atrocities they commit in Israel today. With both Primus and Judaism, I shall leave the bad and take the good. Both have songs of rebellion. I will attempt to carry on this tradition for my whole life. But were I to fully emulate either one of them, there would be no rebellion at all. Tradition can be the most blessed influence but do your own damn thing.