There is a general philosophy within Heathenry right now that one should pursue what is traditional in all things. Now, many Heathens acknowledge that you need to have some sense with this; the Vikings wouldn’t have shunned the car just because their fathers hadn’t used one.
On that note, is there any car more “viking” then a Humvee? I digress…
In either case, while I recognize that tradition is a fine tool? It’s just that, a tool. If I was to obey all the traditions of my ancestors? I’d be required to convert to Catholicism.
Tradition doesn’t form in a vacuum. The best traditions became traditions because they did a valuable service for those who partook of them. Removed from that service, tradition can stagnate and become counter-productive. We must ask ourselves what our ancestors would have done with the traditions that stopped working or ceased to provide returns.
The Heathen cultures were pragmatic; if something doesn’t work, why use it?