Essay on Seventeen Traditions

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Textual Analysis: The Seventeen Traditions

Ralph Nader's Seventeen Traditions, published in 2007 is a short and slim 150 page novel. Nader was born and raised in Winsted, Connecticut and is an American political activist, author, lawyer, and lecturer. Nader reflects on the seventeen traditions that shaped his life as a child of Lebanese immigrants, growing up in a small town. The traditions reveal the importance of social values and the role families play as the transporter of those values which explains Nader's purpose that, traditions offer guidance and inspiration for the parents, children and grandchildren of today. This novel not only reveals much about Nader's own life and values, it also challenges the reader to
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I strongly believe that eating together as a family is more important today than in the past because of the competing distractions from technology, more activities outside the home and the variety of convenient fast food restaurants. As Nader states, “We're drowning in photographs and videos, capturing every mundane moment of our birthdays, holidays and vacations. Yet these can be no more than pleasant distractions, only scratching the surface of our real relationships.” Sharing stories around the dinner table can have a more powerful and lasting impact that digital technology. In today's society children are learning about the world from many different sources; therefore, the only opportunity to communicate as a family is at the dinner table. Children need a shared, safe place to discuss ideas within the understanding company of a family and parents need time to connect with their kids. I live in a busy household with 3 siblings who all play sports and have part time jobs aside from getting an education. Unfortunately, we do not eat dinner together every night due to our busy lifestyles, but we all try to sit down together every Sunday night. This tradition has existed for many years and is
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