Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Primitive Legacy Continues in 21st Century

Over the time, we have changed our life style by changing physical world around us. We developed new tools. Made beautiful and strong buildings to live and do businesses. Developed fastest ways of commuting. Created devices for better communication. Discovered depths of universe on the macro level on the otherside at micro level we visited and learned about invisible world Atomic particles. After visiting moon, we are aiming at other heavenly objects. We are learning about laws of nature and using these understandings to benefit human race.

We achieved all this because we used combination of our imagination and reason. We used our congnitive thinking facilities and managed to transfer our experiences and knowledge to our next generations and here we are as Rulers of the Earth.

But on the otherside, we are still deeply superstitious. When we see some phenomenos which we can not interpret, we tend to believe it as supernatural. Usually we learn to believe on superstitions in the days of our early life. Belief fed in early childhood have permanent marks on our thinking. 
When we talk about superstitions we tend to ignore knowledge of natural laws which are governing this universe and our lives. All our knowledge seem to surrender in front of primitive legacies. We suspend our congnitive thinking and activate our belief system to respond to it.

Bad luck is one of many superstitions which are still governing our lives. Many people still worry when black cat crosses their way. Following are some of superstitions which are still hounting our lives.

List of Bad Luck superstitions:
- A bat flying into the house
- An owl hooting 3 times
- Butterflies together
- Looking at the new moon over your left shoulder
- A 5-leaf clover
- Breaking a glass while proposing a toast
- Putting a shirt on inside out
- Red and white flowers together
- Hearing a rooster crow at night
- Cutting your nails on a Friday
- Putting a hat on a bed
- Getting out of bed left foot first
- Violets blooming out of season
- A picture falling
- Breaking a mirror
- Singing before breakfast
- Opening an umbrella indoors
- Giving away a wedding present
- Stepping on cracks in the sidewalk
- An itch inside your nose
- Crossed knives
- seeing an owl during daylight
- If a dog suddenly barks for no apparent reason in a house that has a sick person then
- You must wear new clothes at Easter or you will have bad luck
- There will be an argument if knifes are crossed at a table. Also, if a lover gives you a
- Unless you were born in October, the wearing of an Opal will be ill-fated
- If pepper is spilt, then you will have a serious argument with a friend.
- Sparrows are said to carry the souls of the deceased to the after-life. To kill one means that you will be cursed.
- It is extremely unlucky to open an umbrella inside a house.
- If a groom drops the ring during the ceremony then the marriage is doomed to failure.
- Breaking a plate, especially if it had not already been cracked.
- To see the new moon for the first time through glass. Upon seeing the new moon you should turn whatever silver you have in your pockets or handbag, and thus ensure prosperity for a month.
- To upset pepper
- The blossom must never be cut from the tree and brought into the house before May 1, or ill fortune will attend you.
- Never mend a garment while you are wearing it, or misfortune will follow.
- Breaking a mirror portends seven years of bad luck. It is also extremely unlucky to receive a mirror as a present
- To make a present of a knife or any other sharp instrument unless you receive something in exchange.
- Walking under a ladder, unless you cross their fingers while doing so.
- It brings ill fortune if a lease or any contract is signed in the months of April, July, or November.
- To spill ink threatens worry, annoyance, and the failure of a project that is on foot.
- Crossing two table-knives by accident portends bad luck.
- To give a pair of gloves to a friend unless you receive something in exchange.
- To encounter a gravedigger coming towards you. Usually this means there will be a severe illness.
- For those who completely rake out a fire before retiring. A few embers should always be left.
- To break a glass bottle portends misfortune
- If you fasten a button into the wrong buttonhole
- if a candle falls over
- For a golfer to borrow your partners umbrella
- Throwing stones into the sea cause bad luck
- Starting a cruise on a Friday
- Stepping on board a ship with your left foot
- To open an umbrella in the house
- It is unlucky to sit on a table unless one foot is touching the ground
- If a person stumbles when leaving his house at the beginning of a journey, or trips or stumbles more than once during the course of the journey, it is advisable to postpone it.
- To pass anyone on the staircase.
- New shoes should never be left on a table
- To put on the left shoe before the right, and it is worse still to put the right shoe on the left foot, or vice versa.
- Spilling salt. If both salt and pepper are spilt at the same time, the force of this ill omen is doubled.

Many more superstitions are out there. Google
 on the net and you will find more of these.

Our superstitions are closely related to our beliefs systems. Religion being a supernatural belief system make it possible to give space to superstitious things and events in our life. We need to revisit our thoughts and beliefs. We need to repair and align them according to 21st century.

We human beings, holding powers to rule on universe have higher level of responsibility. If you have power of science and technology then you should also learn how to benefit from these powers safely. If we look around deeply, we will find out that divide on superstitious thoughts is main cause of world wide unrest and terror. 

It is very unfortunate that we human beings are fighting for and against the superstitious believes. Its time to step back and start thinking rationally. Western societies invested in education and now they have learned to live togather. Power of knowledge need to spread across the world evenly. Only rathional thinking can bring harmoney and peace in the world. 

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