Humanistic Jews perceive Jewish culture and civilization as a creation of the Jewish people over many centuries. As such, each generation must add to and adapt Jewish tradition to meet its needs. Creativity is highly encouraged, and tradition is viewed through the eyes of the Jewish present. Where tradition is useful and meaningful and consistent with a Humanistic philosophy (or can be adapted to be so) it is used. Where it is not, Humanistic Judaism encourages adaptation and creation of new approaches.