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Eradicating Superstitions

  • Date Submitted: 07/30/2010 05:04 AM
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Superstition is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge. The word is often used pejoratively to refer to folk beliefs deemed irrational. This leads to some superstitions being called "old wives' tales". It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the irrational belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events.
The etymology is from the classical Latin superstitio, literally "a standing over [in amazement]", but other interpretations include an over-scrupulousness in religion or a "hold-over" from older beliefs .[1] The word is attested in the 1st century BC, notably in Livy and Ovid, in the meaning of an unreasonable or excessive belief in fear or magic, especially foreign or fantastical ideas. Cicero, however, derives the term from the "superstitiosi" ("survivors"): parents indulging in excessive prayer and sacrifice hoping that their children would survive them to perform their necessary funeral rituals.[2] By the 1st century AD, it came to refer to "religious awe, sanctity; a religious rite" more generally.[
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Actual extents to which superstitions affect our lives depend on the details. If someone is superstitious about his/her profession then the damage can be significant. For example, if a doctor starts treating his patients based on his irrational superstitions then he/she may take the lives of many innocent people. In most developing countries like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, people lose their lives because of fake treatments offered by practitioners who have no knowledge of their field and treat patients based on their superstitions. However, thanks to scientific progress, number of such cases is reducing with the increase in awareness.
Nowadays, most people have superstitions that are unrelated to their professions. Therefore, such superstitions are not that harmful. For example, if Tiger Woods wear a red T-shirt, then it affects...

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