I think to some extent we are all somewhat superstitious. I think it is in our subconscious.
Not at all! I am pretty straight forward type of person. What I see is what I believe in. A black cat crossing my path has nothing to do with my day, or what every the belief is!
No superstitions at all.
Only the religious and those laden with fear and guilt hold superstitious beliefs. As J.T. says it IS in the subconscious minds of those who have been brainwashed by their respective religions. The unfounded fear and guilt implanted in the unsuspecting brains of young children before they reach their age of reasoning definitely leaves this negative impression on their brains. Denial will not make it go away, but logic and common sense can, if practiced diligently.
I think I have a normal amount of superstition that's very much a part of the cultural society I live in. One of the most common thing we say and do as kiwis is to "touch wood" whenever we claim that a particular bad thing have not or will not happen to one self. I don't know whether it is part of another culture or not, but it is like saying "bless you" whenever someone sneezes. I agree it is probably not founded on anything logical or substantial but When In Rome... I actually think it is quite cute if it does not do any harm.
I do not think I am very superstitious at all; however, please do not conclude that I do not believe in a "world" that is cloaked from ours. I do indeed believe it exists; however, I am too ignorant to fear it...
I am not superstitious at all, unless I am in the woods at night, or I have just watched The Exorcist, or I am watching the Broncos.
Guess I am not but it is all about finding out the truth behind superstition as there is always some logical answers for them.
You can uncover as you look closer and understand the reasoning of such thoughts.
I think I can agree with the writer who said that they're not superstitious. I'm not. I realized long ago that one can gradually acquire 'the habit' of becoming superstitious a bit like one can become neurotic about 'touching fence posts' or 'not stepping on paver lines.'
The moment you assume you have a 'lucky charm' you embrace a problem. What if you forget to bring it? What if you lose it? In World War Two a lot of American flyers, I'm told, became quite panicky when they found they'd lost their 'lucky rabbit's foot.' Being superstitious is not good...
I recall a cartoon where a fellow sees a ladder up ahead and decides he can't walk under it. He goes around the outside - just as somebody is sliding a 200 pound bag of cement down the ladder! Perhaps there is a life-lesson it that.
Interesting. I believe myself not to be superstitious, for instance I think nothing of walking under a ladder. In fact sometimes I do deliberately. Someone mentioned something about being subconsciously superstitious and maybe I am - haven't really thought about it until now.
I am superstitious. I didn't used to be. In the past 15 years, I have had countless experiences that have forced my hand into believing in the "supernatural" and "superstitions". I could tell you some real life stories that will force you to question this belief if you accept the truth in my words. And, even though I believe in God, I can not label the incidents as "miracles", other than the birth of my daughter. Her mother wasn't supposed to be able to have children. I can't speak for you all, but in my life, I have noticed that there is usually some type of sign before a bad situation happens. Try this out. When my estranged father was in the final stages of cancer, he called me to tell me he was dying. Our relationship was so chewed up that I didn't really believe him. It was the 4th of July, 2009. Not very long after he called, an owl landed in my brothers back yard, where we were playing basketball. The only owl I have ever seen in the wild decides to land and walk around in the yard for 20-30 minutes with a dozen people within 20 feet. I didn't know it then, but that is a "superstition" or an "omen" that someone is going to die. I buried him 6 weeks later. Would you care to evaluate the "odds" that was a coincidence?
I have written a few superstitious hubs and articles but as far as me, myself being so not really. I was really bad when I was a kid but at about age 13 it just seemed to vanish. I respect people who are.
I think athletes have the funniest, and sometimes strangest, superstitions. Of course, these superstitions are only founded on the fact of whether or not they won or lost the game. Some of these superstitions are: do not step on the foul lines for baseball players, wear the same sock on the same foot each game (you have to mark your socks to keep them on the correct foot), wear the same undershirt, do not change mouthpieces no matter how bad your current mouthpiece is chewed up, do not get hit hard enough to knock your mouthpiece out (oh wait! that is not actually a superstition that is common sense), keep your locker the exact same way, wear the same jewelry, touch the mascot before entering the field, touch the sign or emblem over the locker room door, rub the bald player's head, put on your "rally caps", eat the same pre-game meal, do not be the last player out of the locker room, fans must sit in the same seats, only throw home-run balls back when the opposing team hits it, do not catch foul balls if your team hit it, and when you heckle the opposing team or officials at least sound like you know what you are talking about. These are just a few superstitions for athletes and as I think of more I will surely let you know. As for me, I only did a couple of these things, usually just for laughs. I firmly believe that hard work and preparation in practice pays off in games. Therefore, superstitions are not a viable option.
And, for Violet Flame where I am from it is "knocking on wood".
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