Shirley Jackson illustrates blind obedience to tradition by depicting how the villagers continue to participate in the lottery without understanding its true origins and not remembering the proper rituals that went along with the lottery. None of the community members recall the recital or the ritual salute before their names are drawn and refuse to replace the decaying black box simply because they are opposed to change. While these minor issues may seem unimportant, they are relevant to Jackson's portrayal of the villagers' mindset. The villagers are completely unaware of the lottery's origins and fail to remember the specific rituals associated with the ceremony yet continue to participate and keep the decaying black box in order to follow the brutal tradition.
During the conversation between Mr. Adams and Old Man Warner, Warner refers to the northern villages that have quit the lottery as a "Pack of crazy fools." Old Man Warner goes on to say,
"Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them. Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to go back to living in caves, nobody work any more, live hat way for a while. Used to be a saying about 'Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon.' First thing you know, we'd all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns. There's always been a lottery" (Jackson, 4).
Old Man Warner's comments illustrate that the lottery may be associated with unfounded superstitious beliefs and depicts the ridiculous fear that the villagers would become uncivilized if they did not continue to participate in the lottery. Overall, Jackson illustrates the dangers of blindly obeying traditions by depicting the villagers' lack of understanding and insight into the function and procedures of the lottery while simultaneously portraying their unfounded fears of not following the brutal ritual.