Superstitions are beliefs,
That are born out of fear,
It is the religion of feeble minds,
The wrack of senses left behind,
It is a main source of cruelty,
Cowardice in the face of divine,
That is made to manifest by an awful sign. ..
Even though I call myself educated and a fairly rational person, I still have this nagging fear that if I am very happy one day, the next day sadness will definitely come. And several times I wait for someone else to cross if a black cat crosses my path. I call myself a good human, but I wait for someone else to cross so that bad luck doesnt strike me, then why am I fine that someone else passes and gets all the bad luck 😥.
Fighting all logics I still hang seven chilles and a lemon outside my house hoping goddess of misfortune will eat it and not enter my home. Some of my coincidences are reaffirmed by repeated coincidences. My logical mind acknowledges that they are mere coincidences but I still havent been able to convince my heart of it 😀.
I may not be very superstitious but I still avoid no 13 like it is ominous and fatalistic.
The urge of security and material welfare is so intense in us that we hold on to these beliefs and allow our lives to be regulated by them.
Illiteracy and lack of knowledge and capacity to reason generate and perpetuate Superstition.
There is a continuous conflict between logic and fear and at most times fear triumphs over scientific reasoning. Superstitions fill our lives with unnecessary anxiety and fear leading to mental suffering.
And unknowingly we impart these fears to our children as Our kids learn watching us.
Sometimes I see a black cat in the garden and feel ashamed that how I can find this innocent godly creature a bad omen.
The only remedy to end this is rationality and scientific temper because as knowledge increases superstitions decrease.
I have made a firm decision to overcome my fears and not let my kids dwell into these baseless beliefs. Even if i suffer some loss initially, I will convince myself that it is due to my judgement errors and not because of some innocent cat or anything else.
And each time I am happy I will laugh wholeheartedly without worrying about any sorrow or tears that might come later.
So are you willing to cross even after after a black cat has crossed your path?