Religions, Traditions, and the Anti-Innovators

Established rules, guidelines, by-the-book procedures, and traditions.  These are all forms of innovation killers.  You here all the time about people and industries that are “set in their ways”.  Anyone or anything who is set in his or her way will not only be content to stay where they are, they will not even accept helpful change when it is presented to them.

Religion is a huge area that conforms to this very problem.  Religions the world over are governed by long standing doctrines and principles, with very little room for change and growth.  It is the very constant and traditional nature of things that make religion appealing to a lot of people.  However, it is those same rigid guidelines that limit the opportunity for change, and the spread of innovative ideals.

Any industry that is bound by traditions will be the slowest to accept new technology and individual advancements that make life better.  It seems that the more social status we give to certain positions, the more we expect them to conform to yesterday’s ideals.  Why is that the larger, longstanding companies are slower to adapt than the smaller companies and startups, yet we still admire them for sticking with their guns?

Maybe if industry leaders were quick to change, the entire industry would move at a faster rate.  Maybe if religions were more open to outside influences, we would not have to constantly debate its place in society.  And maybe, if we were lucky, violence in the name of “god” would ease up.  Innovation is about ideas, and the spread of something new.  Those who are willing to accept is are moving towards tomorrow.  Those who are not, are clinging to the 1900’s.  Let go.

2 Responses to Religions, Traditions, and the Anti-Innovators

  1. Daniel Quackenbush says:

    I understand your use of religion in the article and I know I am taking this far beyond what you meant but just hear me out. It’s sad to say that many ‘religious’ people are “set in their ways” and do not accept helpful change. You are pointing out these radical groups and you can find them in any religion – Muslim, Buddhism, or Christian. Many of them use God’s name is terrible ways which makes all none believers disgusted with the thought of believing in God.
    I am a Christian and believe in God and believe in his son Jesus Christ. What I believe is that being a Christian is not about following a set of rules (legalism) it’s about your relationship with God, your faith and growth with Him. The bible has guidelines to live your life by so you can become closer with God, so you can avoid some hardships because of decisions you may make, so you have someone that is always there no matter what you are going through. Even if you don’t believe in God I don’t see how one could disagree that the Bibles guidelines will help you lead a better life. It takes a lot to have faith, especially when that faith is in someone you can’t see but I can tell you this it is the greatest feeling in the world knowing that Jesus is my savior. Having this relationship will open a person’s mind up to so many new and innovative ideas because a person can only do so much on their own but a person with a relationship with God can do so much more.

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