Topic Post – Week Three, January

Utopia: Tradition & Ritual


“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”
― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

In my search for inspiration to share with you for this week’s installment of Utopia, I stumbled across this quote from a book I have not read. However, the idea is perfect for what I had in mind.

Some of the things I enjoy most when reading about ancient civilizations are their traditions and ritual acts. Traditions are passed on to our children so that we might always teach them and they reach forward from the past to connect us to our family and heritage. They remind us of who we are and who we were meant to be.

Not all are happy traditions and not all make sense, but these are the things that bind the masses together. Violate the tradition and you just might start a war. For Utopian dwellers, the superstitions tied to a ritual may very well be the key element in its perfection.

Do not limit yourself to the arcane, preparing a cuppa could be all they need.


I’ve also included a clip from one of my favorite musicals (of which I have three). Please forgive the religious basis of the song, I’ve seen this one so many times I don’t even notice it as more than a plot element.


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