Traditional lifestyle describes the contemporary mode of living that evolved among indigenous peoples inhabiting the Americas and the Western hemisphere during the early half of the twentieth century. The concept of traditional lifestyles was developed by anthropologists in the Western hemisphere after the dead end of the European colonial rule. According to this concept, a traditional lifestyle is characterized by social order, family values, and norms, and community interactions that have been shaped over time rather than being consciously created as in the case of a modern lifestyle. Traditions are perceived as timeless, and they also shape the moral, ethical and educational values that guide individuals and communities in their everyday lives. Traditions are held in high regard, and individuals are expected to adhere to them in order to live in a meaningful way.
In essence, traditional lifestyles do not entail technological innovations; rather, they are formed through centuries of living under a traditional system of values and practices. Traditions were woven into the very fabric of the indigenous peoples before they were incorporated and placed into the emerging global society. Traditions are perceived as the foundation on which modern lifestyles are formed, and they shape the perspectives, assumptions, and behavior of modern people. Thus, a traditional lifestyle is considered to be a significant aspect of a person's life, regardless of where he lives. However, the process of developing a traditional lifestyle can be fairly complicated, and it often involves the process of retraining oneself from an “untraditional” way of living to a more “modern” way of living.
Traditions in the Western world tend to be separated into two main categories, these are the “past” traditions and “future” traditions. A “past tradition” is one which was established in the past; for example, the founding of a university in a town whose name is unknown at the time is considered a past tradition. A future tradition is one which is not yet in existence. An example of such a future tradition would be the invention of electricity. If the invention of electricity was not in existence, a town in centuries past, called Groovy Town, would have been left without electricity, as this would have been against the conventions of the time.
In contrast, modern people live a contemporary lifestyle. The culture and lifestyle of modern people is heavily influenced by technology. The term “tech” itself can lead to confusion, given the fact that there are so many ways in which technology is used. In some cases, the meaning of “tech” can be unclear, because modern people sometimes see things in terms of their own cultures and technologies. Hence, the confusion over what to call a particular type of technology is further exacerbated by the fact that some forms of technology are becoming more “westernized” every day.
Therefore, we can see how changes in technology, coupled with changes in lifestyle can lead to different perceptions of things. As a result, changes in the way that traditional lifestyle experts are viewed has also changed. The perspective of traditional lifestyle experts regarding particular livelihoods can now be seen as being very different from that of more westernized lifestyles. These differences have caused tension between different parts of the world, leading to conflict and misunderstanding.
This example is from an indigenous context, and we should remember that traditional lifestyles may differ widely from one culture to another. However, the key concept here is respect for the life customs of other cultures. For instance, when it comes to respect for the environment, all cultures have an obligation to protect the natural resources of the planet. If these resources are destroyed or damaged, this leads to social, economic and political problems for everyone. A traditional community in India may feel the pressure to protect its environment, while a rural community in Brazil would hardly feel the need.
In comparison, there is very little difference between traditional and modern lifestyles when it comes to respect for the planet. But in both cases there is a shift to a more modern way of living. Two examples are the high level of fuel energy consumption that is characteristic of modern living and the fact that in most modern communities there is a greater dependence on the use of water for domestic purposes (such as bathing, washing, and cleaning). Almost seventy percent of households in India do not have access to safe drinking water and only 14 percent of rural Indian households have access to safe drinking water. The same trend is evident in regard to the use of waste materials and the generation of electricity.
Traditional Life – The use words 'traditional' and'modern' in this sentence refers to two completely different lifestyles. When they are used to refer to one another, they tend to imply a particular type of custom or tradition. In this example, when it comes to respect for the environment, traditional VS modern means respecting the rights of others as defined by a tradition, culture or religion. For example, when it comes to respect for the environment, traditional VS modern means respecting people's right to use natural resources sustainably, protecting or conserving them, and not depleting them through excessive use or disposal.
Modern Life – The use words'modern' and 'post modern' in this sentence implies a certain type of lifestyle that is characterized by an almost liberal attitude towards technology. When used in a context where there is already a tendency to disregard or dismiss the use of technology, post modern lifestyle suggests a disregard or dismissal of traditional practices as being old-fashioned. When used in a context where there is a greater inclination towards a reverence for things that are technological, modern lifestyle suggests a dismissal or disregard for tradition and culture as defined by an older tradition, culture and religion. This last example is most apparent in the Indian context where, according to some sociologists, the growing number of middle-class citizens who are pursuing their career interests via modern means poses a serious challenge to traditional values.