1. Misfortune is always the cause of some moral failure on the part of the receiver.

2. 666 (There is a room 666 in my building. I assume none would want to be assigned there due the number, so it’s for trash.)

3. “You know having an umbrella open indoors is bad luck, right?

What are you superstitious?

“No, it’s just bad luck.”

I started writing this in a dining hall with my black umbrella wide open beside me several hours after attending a church service. Surely such an experience would leave me with list overflowing with examples, correct? Not really.

All I’m left with is the idea that superstitions are just “irrational metaphysical beliefs.” But so many people have irrational, untested beliefs that have nothing to do with mirrors, ladders, or umbrellas, that I tend to put them in the same category:

1. First impressions often give an accurate assessment of a person’s character, personality, and performance.

2. Emotions are externally imposed.

3. Feel confident in yourself and success will follow!

Indeed, it would take magic for any of these to be true.

In retrospect, the main difference between the two is that superstitions are more difficult to disprove. Conventional mistruths can be disproven in experiments and tests. There are numerous examples of people feeling good about a test and failing miserably and vice-versa. “But the chances are much higher if you feel better!” Could it be the person feels better about the test because they know the material, and not some superimposed, pseudo-new aged pop-psychology? You felt pretty confident about your position, but you failed the logic test. How does this factor in?

Whatever you believe about the metaphysical you, it must be subject to SOME sort of test; otherwise you should just toss out the “-physics” at the end of it. The belief that God is in absolute, direct control over everything would make it a logical companion to “doing /believing X to be in God’s favor.” If the former were true, it would be a sensible assumption that God is displeased with something that is being done. But what of ethically questionable rich people living long lives, and “bad things happening to good people?” If it’s all part of the plan, then quality of things happening to you is virtually independent of His favor, at least in this plain of existence.

Certain assumptions are so ingrained into our culture, that indicators of decency are measured by following rules that presuppose their truthfulness. I will certainly teach young ones in my care about these things, but in the same vein as: “In Japan, bowing is the customary greeting,” or “conservative churches don’t allow men to wear hats during prayer.”

Underlying beliefs, of any kind, always have a negative and positive emotional baggage. It’s unavoidable. Feelings grow off thoughts and beliefs like moss on a rock or tree.  Just consider that you may be defending something that isn’t real, and shouldn’t become too attached to something that can’t be proven.

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