April 16, 2010 11:25pm CST
This morning when I was bringing out my safety razor, I got a cut on my little finger of right hand; I was a bit careless so my finger hit the sharp blade. The cut was deep, my wife advised me to get an injection. When I was going out the door slammed and hit the left palm, there was blood again on the nail of middle finger of left hand. Any way I got the injection. The nurse at the clinic said it was an unlucky day for me. I wonder what is ‘unlucky’ there, it was my carelessness only. Yes people believe in so many superstitions. If a cat will cross the road, they will not move an inch, will stand there till another man or vehicle passes, as if they transfer the bad-luck to him. Many consider owl as sign of bad luck, if an owl sits near your home and you hear its sound, somebody from your family will die. I never believed on any, I move forward if a cat crossed the road, there are owls cawing on drumstick tree in my home every night. Well what is your view on superstitions, any experience, please share here. Happy posting, cheers. Prof
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17 Apr 10
Hi Professor, I believe negligence and carelessness are the main reasons to cause accident. Very often we feel reluctant to admit our faults but put blame to superstition. Most of the Chinese believe that if hearing crow to caw on the roof of the house, misfortune will fall on the family soon. It's some sort like seeing black cat on Friday 13th. Just opposite to you people, the Japanese love owls and they believe owl is the bird of fortune. I learn this while having vacation in Japan last year. We can see all kind of stuffs, like key chains, cups, mug, etc with the beautiful image of owls on them. Anyway try to be concentrate on what we do and don't be careless while doing things which need to be more careful, ..... Happy posting
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17 Apr 10
The two incidents relating to your finger were due to your carelessness. the nurse just wanted to strike a conversation. may be its an unlucky day, not necessarily a superstitious belief but a fact. until about 10 years back, we had lots of cats in our house and it crosses our path every now and then. and nothing untoward happened. one cannot transfer bad luck or omen to others. its just not possible and wont happen. if owls are bad luck, then most people who hear its sound must die and which does not happen that way. its true animals have some extra-sensory powers and they become restless at times. in the middle ages which is also known as the dark age, there was this superstitious belief about cats. The glowing eyes and nocturnal behaviour of the cat were interpreted by the medieval Church as clear proof of the hapless moggy's diabolic affinity. Wholesale destruction of cats hastened the spread of plague-carrying rats.
17 Apr 10
Hi Proffesor, to a small degree, i used to believe those superstitious notion from the elders as a slightly means of precautionary measure. i know it is our actions that count as you have said that "being careful" warded us off from troubles or pains that might happen....but who knows... we better at least trait of practicing caution in advance..
17 Apr 10
Well, as human beings, we know quite little about the world, and universe, and even ourselves. There are too many things that we can never get to know about, but they just continuous effect on us. I think we should not call it superstition, it just another kind of force, we only don't know its origin and how it works. Maybe that is we call fate or destiny.xD
17 Apr 10
I too have had days when I have knocked my finger and hand that has bruised it or drawn blood. But it is down to me, not staying mindful and focused enough. It does happen less and less these days, probably as a result of practising mindful meditation (zazen - Zen meditation) for the past 30+ years. I have recognized the benefit in focusing the mind totally on everything that I do. There are challenges of course, because the ego-mind doesn't like such self-focusing, but I don't tend to be superstitious. But of course, there are times in my past life when I have taken superstition on boards, and the mind will regress to that state from time to time. In Zen practice, I aim to transcend the relative world and recognize that in each experience there is only self as one with all that is in the experience and One-ness cannot contain opposites. So bad luck versus good luck is really an illusion of the mind. Stay focused and all will be well and it is only karma that we each need to deal with. _Derek
19 Apr 10
I don't believe in Superstition. I've never do. I was brought up by my parents in truth so that I could never be bothered or controlled by superstitious beliefs. For as long as I believe in God I have nothing to fear. Believing in superstition is one sign of ignorance in God's word.The Word of God does not support the idea of anything that could cause bad luck or good luck or anything occurring by chance. The Lord holds this world in His hand and everything in it is under his control no matter what. So bad luck or good luck and anything that could cause this, I really do not believe. For as long as the Lord is in me, I never would be afraid of those ignorant faith such as superstition.
• United States
17 Apr 10
Hi Professor! I'm so sorry about your injuries! I do hope that you are ok! I am very accident prone myself and always hurting myself all the time with silly little annoying accidents! Although some of them weren't silly and were pretty bad! I broke my shoulder by slipping on the wet hallway floor on my birthday! My girlfriend across the street had bought me an ice cream cake and I was taking the box outside to the garbage bin and when I came back into the hallway my feet were wet from the rain and I slid and hit the floor! I layed there for an hour in pain, and I went into shock so I couldn't yell for help! And I had two doctors living upstairs from me and not a word would come out of my mouth! When I finally got up I knew that I did something really bad to my arm and I found out the next I had broken my shoulder! And of course it was my right domniant one! Back to the subject, I am not superstitious about cats, ladders or Friday the 13th! I have bad luck on any day so why would it matter?
• United States
17 Apr 10
Hi, Professor2010. I try not to believe in them. But I do get spooked out when my daughter opens up an umbrella inside of a building. I will tell her to let it down and put it back up. I don't like to be around any things that will pose a risk to a superstition. I do hope that your cut heals up very fast and that your hand and finger will feel so much better very soon.
17 Apr 10
dear professor, i am guessing now, you probably were not concentrating on what you were doing hence you had those accidents. superstitions are everywhere. some superstitions: if you dream of a tooth or teeth getting knocked off your mouth, someone very close will die; if a black cat crosses ur path, turn around or look for other routes because if you continue, there might be some accidents; if you dream of water - it is not good because water means problems. if it is clear water, it will be less problem coming and that you will be able to solve it fast. but if it the water is murky, problem will be very difficult to solve. thing is, you just have to have presence of mind in anything that you do. i dont believe in superstition. happy mylotting. ann
17 Apr 10
Hi, If one's mind is not open there is a high possibility that superstitions will someday crawl inside. Now, if one is quite reasonable man, by which I mean, if one always believe in logic than unfounded beliefs, one will detest superstitions. I have seen a man, who was well-educated, to stop and then go back after a cat crossed his way. This means that formal education has nothing to do with one's being broad minded. Its a peculiar thinking pattern that comes from successful assimilation of knowledge and information. I also feel sorry for the people who are terrorizing the whole world in the name of God. Biased mind seldom does any progress in its entire lifetime. Thanks God bless you
• Garden Grove, California
17 Apr 10
hi professor I really am not superstitious as I find I haveoften ' had nice things happen to me onFriday the 13 and I love black 'cats,they make such great pets. But I once walked under a ladder, which is said to bring bad luck,well it was not bad luck but my plain stupidty as a man was upthere painting a wall and as I walked under that ladder I jostled a leg on it. Well I just did not look a bit good dripping in green paint in my hair and on my dress.,so I did not blame this on the old superstition but on my own carelessness. It took some doing even though the paint was the washable kind as I was literallu drenched in pale blue paint. so for several days my hubby called me the lady in blue which did not really make me laugh as I felt so darned stupid. my young son thought it was funny' too. grrrr. later I did laugh too as it was sort of funny.
15 May 10
My relatives have so many superstitions too. They believe black cat brings danger. If you are leaving the house and everyone are having dinner they will have to rotate their plates for your safe journey. If there is a plate or other food untensil broken there is a big problem or danger that will happen. you know its nothing to do with anything. Everything happens for a reason. Like accident, if you are being careless on the road you will meet an aciident. If someone is being careless and you meet him on the road you both will meet an accident. I do not believe in superstition. problem is part of our life and it occurs it depends on our decision. It never proved to me that a certain bad things had happened because I disregard believing in such superstition.