Tradition and Change

There are two quotations courtesy of Despair Inc. which are the topic of this article:

Tradition: Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly stupid.

Change: When the winds of change blow hard enough, the most trivial of things can turn into deadly projectiles.

Both quotations are part of a series of posters I tend to call de-motivational posters. However, there is some truth in these statements, cynical though they may be. While my perspective is likely skewed on account of my cynical sense of humour, I would like to explain why I would seriously consider hanging both of these posters in a meeting room.

The two statements seemingly contradict one another. The first, regarding tradition, promotes progressive thinking and a willingness to embrace change. It encourages the reader to reflect on why things are done a certain way, and to think if it is possibly a stupid thing to be doing, or if it can be done better.

The second, regarding change, is quite the opposite. Change can bring disaster, destroy stability. According to this saying, it can be dangerous to change, and the risk is high.

In truth, the two statements temper one another. A person must reflect on what they do to determine if tradition, which is the status quo, is really the best way to do something, but at the same time, be wary of the potential scope of change and the destruction it can bring. Finding that balance between sticking to the tried-and-true methods and putting forward some risk in accepting change is what will make the difference between surviving and realizing your true potential.