Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines superstition as “A belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation.” In a time where we label ourselves as progressive, we are still continuing with the very old and heavy burden of superstitions.
Despite human’s capacity for rational thought, we are not immune to superstitions. How many of us can truly say that we are not superstitious? How many of us don’t say ‘bless you’ to someone after they sneeze? Not many I believe.
Superstition is different for different people. Some of us may not believe in the idea that a black cat is a symbol of bad luck, particularly if one walks across the path in front of us. But we might knock on the wood to ward off bad luck. In some, we use the crutches of logic, in others we believe in the stories spun around them to avoid misfortunes which are reinforced by our own successes or failures.
Come to look at it, superstition is not just about old folklore brought down to the newer generations or even about just following a tradition. Superstitions stem from the control issues of a person. When a situation cannot be justified by natural causes, it tends to make us anxious. It invokes the want to control and influence unpredictable factors in our environment because we fear the unknown.
The fear of future provides fuel to the fire of superstition. So, no matter how modern and technologically advanced we become, we would still fall prey to such beliefs, because where there is fear there will always be a place for superstition.