Logic vs. Superstition

What with all the deaths and sicknesses going on in my extended community, I’m a little shell shocked. This morning I’m awake, but feeling like a part of me is still asleep, in the two-story hammock I’d been dreaming about before I awoke.

I don’t own a hammock, but if I did, a double-decker one would be nice. Image by @Barefoot_Traveller via Twenty20

I’m usually a fairly rational person, but in my rationality, I know for sure there are things we don’t understand, don’t know about yet, or defy our current modes of thinking. So, when I remembered I’d been thinking about my friend who passed away much of the day he’d died, I found it a little worrisome. Coincidence or what? The renovation dude is probably fine. I’m just shaken up by all the losses 2021 has already brought.

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Then, last night I dreamed of someone who used to be in my life every freaking day when we did home renovations. I rarely think of him these days. So, I’m all wondering if he’s all right. There are some logical issues in that. But it’s a feeling I get, and I have feelings that are right a LOT.

I think back on it, and I do engage in a lot of “magical thinking.” My mental image of Suna is of someone who’s not superstitious, but I may well be fooling myself. People just seem to have a deep-set need for the comfort of superstitions, or omens, or signs. For example, I feel like it’s going to be a good day if I see deer on the side of the road. No idea what’s up with that one.

Have a nice day, Suna!
Yes, I do have a whole bunch of these, and one at each desk. Image by @adhgraphicdesign via Twenty20,

I have often worn jewelry I think might help me with difficult people or situations. It helps me focus on taking care of myself, no doubt. Or those stones have helpful vibrations. Who knows? I’m not ruling anything out that I don’t have a good explanation for.

Traditional signs or superstitions don’t stick with me, though. I don’t think a cardinal is a loved one coming to visit, though. I’d feel surrounded by ghosts, seeing how many dang cardinals are at the ranch at any time.

Dead person, coming at you! Image by @stacey.haycraft via Twenty20
I’m watching you, from over in Ireland. Image by @mandymy17 via Twenty20

Maybe we all just get comfort thinking there are unknown things beyond ourselves that are out to help us or warn us. Even those of us who believe that it’s Jesus, Mother Mary, or some other deity watching over us seem to often see other signs or omens, or avoid walking under ladders. I guess it can’t hurt to double up.

I’m laughing right now, because my watch decided to update, just a few minutes before I was going to leave for work, and is being particularly pokey about it. I don’t want to stop, so here I am, staring at it. I thought, hmm, maybe if I start something else, like nail maintenance, it will magically speed up the update. That did not work, though now my cuticles smell like roses. No wait, the watch is done! IT WORKED! MAGIC.

I’m curious as to what little signs, omens, or superstitions bring you comfort, even when your logical mind tells you there’s no evidence that it’s going to make a difference one way or the other?

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

2 thoughts on “Logic vs. Superstition”

  1. It’s Not Necessarily
    Magical Thinking
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    Puts Disease

    Into

    Remission

    And Enough Nay
    Saying in Nocebo

    Will Literally
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    Mind

    Over

    Matter

    Indeed Yet

    No Matter What
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    Whatever Internal
    Or External Symbol

    Keep
    It Placebo

    Whatever

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    Again
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    Great Dreams
    And Nightmares

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    Like A Nicene
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    Capitol

    Again

    With A Noose
    And Banners That
    Dance And Sing ‘Jesus
    2020’ And ‘Jesus Saves’

    As Sheep

    Turn Into

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    Burn on

    5th

    Avenue

    See What ‘He’
    Means About Believe

    Heaven Or Hell Within

    Still To Come Again

    Always

    In This

    Generation

    Now Oh Lord

    The Human

    Condition

    Like Placebo

    And Nocebo

    It’s All

    A Mix

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    Up Or Down

    We All Create

    Our Own Breakfast

    Together Every

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    Judgement

    Night That’s Day
    As Stevie Wonder

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    Superstitions

    Will Be Rather
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    The Force of Positive
    Belief As Science

    Will

    Not

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    As Night Makes
    Day And The Empty
    Space Between Atoms
    And Stars Holds it All

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    Rest is Up to Us

    Obviously Magic True…

    Either Positive Or

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    Free Will No Illusion

    Night Or Day Colors

    Of

    Fear

    Or Loving Life
    Blooming FLoWeRS…

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