Friday, 29 May 2015

5. Superstitions

Weak minded people are often superstitious. Their lives are ruled by superstitions and sometimes they base their action on the various superstitious beliefs that they have. Superstitious people can be called backward. They tend to interpret every phenomenon irrationally. Although most people know that superstitions are only fragments of out imagination and are nowhere close to the truth, quite a few people are still guided by superstitions.
Some common superstitions are that thirteen is an unlucky number, if a black cat crosses one's path was crossed; if one sneezes before beginning a new job, it shall not be completed without any problem etc. Once these events occur, it becomes difficult for the superstitious person to continue with his work.
Superstitions and 'luck' are closely associated. When a person watches two sparrow, it is believed that he will have abundant joy. The housing of dogs, spilling of milk or salt, walking under ladder, falling of picture or mirror are associated with ill luck. There are many superstitions that Indians cling to. These seem very ridiculous to a person who has scientific outlook to life. Men with such a bent of mind do not believe in fiction. They require proof and their view of events is always objective. They are not the victims of ignorance.
Education and science have enlightened man. They have unrevealed many mysteries and dissolved a number of superstitions too. Even in other countries of the world, superstitions are believed in. For example, it is believed that if comets appear in the sky, they predict the emperor's doom. Another superstition is that if a person dies of drowning, some given to superstitions while these are fast disappearing in other countries except in very few backward ones.
Superstitions can  never be relied upon. An educated mind is never swayed by them. After all, there is no logical connection between an owl's hooting and our approaching calamity. In short, a person can never progress in life if his approach to things is not objective. In fact, he should lead people out of ignorance into the light of belief and knowledge.
     by - Ishita shah