Do you dare to question the supposed culture and system of beliefs that the society in which you live amongst practice? It takes courage born from reason.
I was never convinced about the reasoning behind many things observed from the time I was a child old enough to think for myself. There are flaws in the system of beliefs and practices which do not make any sense. It made you question the entire system of faith practiced. There are also unfounded beliefs about how one should worship, rituals with questionable logic, ways of worship to gain favour from the gods in this life and during prayers for the afterlife.
Unwritten rules on how something should be done, autocratic, androcentric and open to abuse social rules that put the rights of women, children and in-laws in peril or at a disadvantage. There are unfounded beliefs in the proper diet for longevity and health and what one should wear on normal days and days where certain events are observed.
Even food, traditional recipes passed down that are found to be unhealthy to the body and places those in good health at risk from their consumption ought to be modified or done away with altogether. There is no sense in consuming something that will harm you, not even for the pride of your culture, ancestors and people.
These are ample reasons why I can never be a traditionalist. I see too many weaknesses and gaps in logic of such practices that render them untenable for any generation except for the most unenlightened, those easily cowed into submission, those with vested interests in a position of gain and those incapable of thinking for themselves. I cannot and will not commit to something that does not make any sense to an enquiring mind, a mind that had often questioned and challenged the practices of elders from a young age.