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- Against change

- traditional values, practices etc. have endured through time so must be worthy

- some express tradition in terms of religion. If God created the world, tradition is God given

- Religious objections to change are kept alive by modern fundamentalists who interpret religious texts literally

Burke: society is a partnership between those who are living, those who are dead and those who are yet to be born

- tradition is accumulated wisdom of the past

- tradition gives people identity - it reassures them and gives them roots

- Change creates uncertainty and insecurity, endangering happiness

- Traditional customs and practices generate security and belonging

Human imperfection

- humans are imperfect and imperfectible

- humans are psychologically limited - the world is too complicated for them to understand

- People fear isolation and instability

- People are naturally drawn to the…


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