posted on Jul, 27 2012 @ 08:32 PM
Originally posted by SLAYER69The question in my mind has always been, Why? How did this tradition start?
That's an excellent question that's applicable to so many other things that we simply view as normal due to our cultural bias. Why do people bow to
each other? Why do we have words that are used for nothing but protocol like "thanks" and "you're welcome"? Courtesy in its entirety is completely
useless from a purely functional standpoint, as is decorating your house with pictures, planting flowers, pimping one's ride, getting a haircut, etc.
Every year, people cut down a tree, ensuring its death, then put it in their house and put useless stuff all over it, even though it serves absolutely
no purpose other than just sitting there. It's work to set up, it provides no functional benefit, and it's work to dispose of. People even risk the
fire hazard just to have that dying tree with crap all over it sitting in a corner.
The only thing you accomplish by playing Bach's cello suites is having played Bach's cello suites. Still, people spend countless hours sitting around
with a cello to get to the point where they can play them perfectly. Spending your entire childhood in front of a piano practicing for hours a day is
about the same as wrapping your head up in whatever for your entire childhood.
People poke holes in their ears, nose, face, penises, etc. just to shove a piece of metal through which will serve absolutely no purpose. Was the
original penis piercer emulating a penis with a piece of metal in it he once saw?
We do so much stuff that is truly bizarre without even realizing it. Most of the time it starts with something that really isn't fun or worth doing in
the first place that the elites within a culture latch onto as a way of differentiating themselves from the underclasses. When the underclasses see
that the elites are doing it, it becomes popular and all of the sudden everyone wants to do it because everyone wants to be a member of the social
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