Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Against tradition: circa 400 BC

The Confucians say: "The superior man must use ancient speech and wear ancient dress before he can be considered benevolent." But we answer: The so-called ancient speech and dress were all modern once, and if at that time the men of antiquity used such speech and wore such dress, then they must not have been superior men.
--From The Mozi--

Being against "tradition for tradition's sake" is a tradition going back almost 2500 years.

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