I have absolutely no patience with people who believe that an object or idea possesses intrinsic merit because it is old.
It is equally foolish to reject an idea merely because it is old.
We treasure old objects because they are rare. We treasure old ideas because they have survived the Darwinian struggle against other ideas for a long time. Every idea has a finite life and its time comes eventually, but it is brutally hard to distinguish between ideas that no longer function and those whose function we simply do not understand.
In our studies of history, we often see what appears to be an unbroken string of the triumphs of new ideas over old ideas. Yet such a view is an artifact of how we study history. We remember only the successful new ideas but we forget that in every era a vast multitude of new ideas come into existence but only a tiny handful survive into the next generation. The old and boring defeats the new and interesting the vast majority of the time.
Traditionalists may frustrate the innovators of each era but they also protect us all against actively destructive new ideas. Communism was once the bright, shiny and for a time apparently wildly successful new idea. Many traditionalists opposed communism on the sole ground that it was an atheistic doctrine, even if they agreed in part with its collectivist and redistributionist ideas. Those traditionalists blunted the spread of communism in the industrial world even as intellectuals fell for it by the truck load.
It is a dangerous hubris to believe you understand all of the ideas that comprise a culture and that you can adroitly pick and choose which ideas still work and which do not. Though it may bruise our egos, the truth is that all of us will spend our lives following rules and ideas, created by previous generations, which we will neither understand nor perhaps even notice. Only through experimentation can we truly know what does and does not work in any particular set of conditions.
And we should always remember that most experiments fail.
[Note:This is another post that I originally posted at another site and thought I would post here.]