Similar to a (good) habit. Helps all stay more easily on the path of choice. Both tradition and habit are watched over by awareness.
Traditions are forged through the courage and effort of our ancestors: they are our rich inheritance. They should not be thrown out on a whim.
Tradition holds together the community of the past, present, and future as one, while allowingconscious change across time.
The Covenant or Creed is the most important tradition for a spiritual community. It should hold clearly what has brought these people together; what they are trying to live up to together.