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#34 VALUING TRADITIONS AND STATUS QUO 

I believe that the rules and customs of any long-lived society deserve respect. This glue, shaped by challenges of untold demands, holds society together. While those guided by self interest may not like limits on behavior that society imposes, accepting them is a responsible choice. (Note: Those who respect authority, law & order, and value the hard work / sacrifices of their ancestors, will be comfortable with this theme.  So will many who value traditional gender-based roles and religious institutions.)

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the theme is paired with:  #35B Working for Change to make Choice #31    in the Choices We Make cards 

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #39, posted 7/20/2014 Catholic Women Priests: More Jesus, Less Hierarchy
Worldview Watch issue #33: Violence, Women, and Illiberal Democracy in Egypt
Worldview Watch #30: Women's Rights, Hierarchical Rigidity, Egalitarian Progressivism
   

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Ancestor Worship Traditional Values Conservatism
Tradition Traditional Authority   Traditional Knowledge
Patriarchy Christian Right Gender Roles  
Feminism  Reactionary   Filial Piety
Folklore Machismo Domestic Violence
Tribe   Caste System in India   Animism 
Marriage Honor Killing Oath  
     

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #11B Free Will   #12B Creative Thinking #21A  Populism 
#30    Intellectual Freedom      #35A  Sharing What Others Consider Very Private #36A Cynicism #36B  Conspiracies  
#37B Global Citizen   #40  Environmental Economics #44B Hands Off My Body #45A Borrowing Mentality   
#49B Idealistic Socialism #50B Left Anarchist   #103A Individual Glory #203B Egalitarian Progressive
#204A Freedom From Limits      
       

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #34: Valuing Traditions & Status Quo

Sustainable Cities--An Oxymoron? by E. Christopher Mare  (lengthy 2000 article relevant to can village traditions survive?)
Runaway World by Anthony Giddens (summary of 2010 article on the battle between modernity and tradition)
Tradition (English Language Links to Traditionalist material) -- note one can fully embrace the "Valuing Traditions" worldview theme and not be a "Traditionalist" as it's academically defined!" ) 
Why I Am Not a Traditionalist, by H.M. Legenhausen
Customs and Habits (Vietnamese Village Traditions)
Tribal Traditions and Culture: A Review of the Belt (a book about change in a Saudi Arabian village)
“Why American Children Stopped Believing in God” By Cameron Hilditch (opinion piece in National Review December 2020)
"What does it mean to be a woman?" by  Susan Stryker (Time magazine cover story March 16  2020)
"Briefing Conservatism: The Self Preservation Society" (cover story from The Economist July 6 2019)
"Birth Control in Nigeria: Condoms vs. Conservatives"  (article from The Economist April 29 2017)
"Female Genital Cutting: The Unkindest Cut" (report on this African traditional practice from The Economist June18 2016)
"Education in Modern Nigeria--Mixing the Modern and the Traditional" (article in The Economist July 26 2014 issue)
"The Rise of the Islamic Feminists" by Elizabeth Segran (article in The Nation Dec 23 2013 issue)
"Indian Mothers in Law: Curse of the Mummyji" (article in The Economist December 21 2013)
"Fashion in Iran: Keep your eyes off those legs"  (article in The Economist Sept 14 2013)
"India's Languishing Countryside: A Village in a Million"   (article in The Economist Dec 18 2010)
"Robes for Women--the Movement to Ordain Female Priests" by Tim Padgett ( article in Sep 27 2010 Time
"How the World Eats," by Bryan Walsh (about preserving / abandoning traditional diets, in Time June 11 2007)
Arranged (2007 movie about maintaining one's traditional beliefs despite modern stresses on them)

God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre  by Richard Grant (2008 book re: indigenous people, their traditions and the drug lords) 

consanguinity (refers to being of the same blood; this website takes a global perspective)
Woman and Africa: Tradition and Change (a lesson plan)
Native American Sacred Traditions and Western Culture
Talking to Kids About Gender Stereotypes
Masculinity (a Christian perspective)
Parental Influence to Children's Socialization to Gender Roles, by Susan Witt
"The Gender Conundrum," by Laura Fitzpatrick  (article in Time November 19, 2007)
Children's Literature: Gender Roles and Sex Stereotyping (website at Indiana University includes many links)
The Science of Gender and Science (2005 debate at Harvard: Pinker vs. Spelke)
China's Honor Code (Los Angeles Times story, April 15, 2006)
Sex Roles, a Journal of Research
Ban Same Sex Marriage (refers to itself as "The Ultimate web site providing information on the issues")
Classic Feminist Writings
Third World Network: Women's Rights and Gender Issues
Culture of Androgeny
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
Domestic Violence (from online encyclopedia)
Global Perspective on Women's History
Why Gender Matters, by Leonard Sax
Raising Cain, book and PBS documentary (author Michael Thompson claims, "Boys measure everything they do by a single yardstick: does this make me look weak?")
quotes related to tradition
quotes related to feminism

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