After going to the same festival for nearly 30 years I now see grandparents, their children and their children's children. All growing up in the same memetic spaces as those before them. In villages they sit, telling stories of themselves, of others, of people passed, usually of vintage age.
While another flirts Spring with youthful enthusiasm, falls in love, have children, then to maintain their cultural connection family spaces emerge in their once radical parties.
Those who have passed are usually young through tragedy.
These are my biological bookends of mass gatherings, birth, death and the telling of a stories of in between. Some result in changes to ritual, some become traditions and it's very much in the telling power of the stories, both collectively and individually, do we sense something more is going on. Something very different to an afternoon at a random event.

** Why "Tradition?"
   - Good question - In the T-House project I was looking for a word starting with the letter "T" which labelled the commonalities of Burner/Confestor cultural traits
I was stuck

So I asked ChatGPT
It responded

"Tradition refers to a set of beliefs, customs, practices, or values that are passed down from generation to generation within a particular community or society. It represents the accumulated knowledge, experiences, and ways of life that have been preserved and maintained over time. Traditions often encompass various aspects of a culture, including rituals, celebrations, social norms, and artistic expressions. They can be related to religious, familial, national, or regional contexts and play a significant role in shaping a community's identity and providing a sense of continuity and belonging."

Works for me and i wonder is dawn June 11 2023 a new existence where I accept the duality of my organic mind augmented with the knowledge bank my AI assembles for consideration.
Much like chess Centaur style, I still choose and from a vastly improved set of options. 

A Human

Sunrise Castlemaine  June 11 2023

Hanging with me buddies.


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