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Dangerous Superstitions

The Stranglehold of Superstition

written by Dr. Eva Bell November 27, 2019
Dangerous Superstitions

The line between religion and superstition is very thin. It is not just those with blind faith or beliefs of the uneducated masses who are prone to superstition. In the 21st century with its scientific advances and space technology, the educated and economically sound are also prone. Superstition the world over has changed cultures and societies. Rationalists are hounded and sometimes killed.

Minor Superstitions

From an impressionable age, children are indoctrinated and brainwashed into superstitious beliefs. Any belief that is irrational and cannot be verified as truth is superstition. Belief in fate, magic, numerology, spirits, astrology, palmistry, witchcraft can all be into this category.

Old wives’ tales and legends tend to be passed down from generation to generation. Many 5-star hotels do not have Room 13 and many hospital beds skip the number 13. Walking under a ladder or getting up on the left side of the bed signals a calamity that can occur during the day. A black cat crossing one’s path forebodes bad luck. But a twitching of the right eyelid will bring good luck or herald the visit of a friend. These, however, are minor superstitions that do not cause grievous physical or mental harm.

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