Everywhere I see people cling on to things that they actually should let go of. In my country it's things like Black Peter (Saint Nicholas' colored helper.) In your country perhaps something else. They are willing to defend with their lives, what they think is their heritage, or maybe sacrifice the lives of others. I started wondering if what they really fear is the loss of identity. Everyone is connected to everything. No child can hurt his knee anywhere on the world or we would know about it. AI replaces HI at an exponential rate - or so it seems. Where does that leave us? In the end, isn't our small town culture not all we got? The modern, self-steering world might be a nice place for high educated expats. But not everyone falls into that group. Some are left behind. They might extinct in the foreseeable future and they know it. If not consciously, then subconsciously. Maybe that's why they're fierce at defending even the wrongest of all habits.