The Council’s Ruling — Strangest American Tradition

February 18, 2008, 12:00 pm; posted by
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This and every Monday, the Bweinh!tributors, having convened in secret for hours of reasoned debate and consideration, will issue a brief and binding ruling on an issue of great societal import.

This week’s question — What is America’s strangest cultural tradition?

Tom delivers the ruling of the Council, joined by Mike, Djere, and MC-B:

Line dancing. Invented, chiefly practiced, and (arguably) perfected here, but you have to ask yourself – what’s the point?


Connie dissents, joined by Erin and Job:

Halloween. If people actually knew the customs behind it, they’d probably be amazed, but they dress up their innocent little children and send them out into the dark every year to imitate a pagan ritual that they don’t even understand.


Chloe dissents, joined by Erin:

Therapy — you pay someone to listen to you talk, then teach you how to think entirely for yourself and not for anyone or anything else because the universe really does revolve around you. Did I mention you’re paying for this?


Steve dissents, joined by Josh andDavid:

The idolatry of fame as a goal. It makes sense that a nation with far less work to do would seek entertainment to fill the gap, but so many people are willing to humiliate themselves just to become well-known. Many cultures would consider this a supreme dishonor.


Next time: Which sense is most valuable?


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