Just because you've always done it that way doesn't mean it's not incredibly stupid.
Some customs have been handed down generation by generation, all the way back to our forefathers. But remember: our forefathers were actually pretty stupid. They wore those dumb powdered wigs and everything.
Just because we accept you as you are doesn't mean we've abandoned hope you'll improve.
If you require additional affirmation, get a puppy. The rest of us are trying to work.