In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the townspeople fear their morbid annual tradition, but each time it rolls around they continue to participate. No one is forcing the town to do this, but no one in the community is speaking up either.
This begs the question: should we continue to do what has always been done for the sake of tradition, even when it wrongs others?
Think on (or research) controversial traditions that are still be carried out around the world and ponder the following questions as you construct your answer:
– Should we retire these types of traditions completely?
– Should we try to find a way to blend them into our future society?
– How does this affect the growth of the community?
– Is there a way to honor or remember these traditions without partaking in them?