Superstition and Good Luck

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Wisam Reid
Eng 110-2984
21 September 2009
Most People Are Superstitious

We have all seen or practiced a superstition. Human beings are superstitious by nature. People who claim that they are not superstitious are either in denial or unaware of their superstitious behavior. A lot of us believe in myths and superstitions that do not have logical explanations. Atheists, agnostics, and free thinkers often see all religious belief as a form of superstition. Some beliefs are as old as the written word, yet they have woven themselves into the fabric of everyday society. What are superstitions? A superstition is an irrational belief about the relationship between certain actions and their effects. A superstitious person believes that the future can be caused or influenced by completely unrelated behaviors. Superstition is not based on reason. A superstition is a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or misinterpretation of correlations as causes. Science tends to claim that all superstitious practices are pointless, but even science in its beginning was based on magic, numerology, and alchemy. Many of these practices have carried on even into our day. So many people waste their time and money on things like UFO’s, Bermuda triangles, ghosts, and witchcraft. Despite science's attempts to turn the old ways into useless or forgotten beliefs, the remnants of them are still around. True, the intent is not there, but the practice is. Whether people know it or not, they are incorporating these old practices into their everyday lives. Superstition prevails in our daily lives, for example, crossing our fingers for good luck or avoiding the path of a black cat. Today, when speaking of one's good fortune, it is common to knock on wood, though most people do not know why. The ancient Celts began this practice as a way of thanking the wood fairies, who were seen as responsible for...
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