With every generation, the typical approach to life is to defer to tradition, and do things the way our ancestors did them.
The problem with this is many of us never investigate why they did what they did, the way they did them. We just follow on like sheep, choosing path dependence over consciously living.
This refusal to interrogate things is why many people face the same illnesses, challenges or hazards that their parents and grandparents faced. It’s also why they bear names and take on occupations that have no bearing with the present. If you are going to live better than your ancestors did, you simply must make it a habit to defy norms.