You could interpret tradition as a consensus vote of the democracy of our ancestors.

How much of that tradition was really created by a vote? If it wasn't, why should I treat it like one?

Just because people did something in the past, it does not mean they all thought it was a good idea. (It could actually be one of the reasons why they later stopped doing it.) Also, people in the past didn't have some of the information we do -- why should I expect that given that information, their votes would remain the same?

[anonymous]7y2

How much of that tradition was really created by a vote? If it wasn't, why should I treat it like one?

See Nick Szabo about intersubjective truth, and Chesterton's fence.

On the other hand, just because something was a good idea in the past doesn't mean it's still a good idea now if things have changed.

More "Stupid" Questions

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read31st Jul 2013498 comments

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This is a thread where people can ask questions that they would ordinarily feel embarrassed for not knowing the answer to. The previous "stupid" questions thread went to over 800 comments in two and a half weeks, so I think it's time for a new one.