BeliefSystems HowSuperstitions Impact our Lifestyles?When past experiences are good, the beliefs that humanscreate are positive, but when the past is not filled with good times, thebeliefs created are negative.
If choices made and beliefs formed are negative,then they affect the way we see ourselves, the decisions we make, emotionalcomportment and basically our whole lives.’Find a four-leaf clover and have good luck forever’. Superstitions,most of us grew up believing them. I mean ‘blow out all your birthday candlesin one blow and you would get whatever you want’ to be frank who wouldn’t wantthat but you can agree with me that most of us humans are extremely naïve .Good luck for certain amount of time or even good luck forever who wouldn’twant that? Superstitions are usually born into, majorly practiced, or newly foundout, these newfound pathways can have its many advantages and disadvantagespersonally, nationally and globally. Superstitionsin Nigeria (national perspective) make people feel both self-conscious and alsoself-assured. Self-conscious because people feel that if they do not partake ina particular ritual or if they don’t follow a particular trend then they arenot fit to be in a particular place or they cannot be who they are ‘destined’to be. One of the most common superstition is ‘If you crossover a pregnantwoman then her child would look like the person who crossed her’ thissuperstition makes people, women especially very self-conscious because they wanttheir child to look like them and not anyone else or because they just don’tlike the idea of someone crossing over them.
Superstitions make people veryweary of their surrounding and their environment because they have a fixedbelief that if they do not follow a certain rule or practice then the ‘gods’would be against them and their generations forever. These rules and pathwaysmake people prone to making rash decisions because they are willing to doanything to please those around them or even to have a confident demeanorwhereby the deceive; at least try to deceive either themselves and those aroundthem with the emotional wall they have built for themselves. Self-assuredpeople believe they have a definite path set for their life so as far theyfollow that exact route that has already been set, then they are good to go.These ‘self-assured’ people are the most naïve because these are the ones thatwant good things to come easy and believein the ‘good luck’ superstitions like ‘Itchy palms’ or ‘wearing your clothesinside-out unconsciously brings about a wealthy lifestyle’, these weresuperstitions that made Nigerians want to continue in that lifestyle, thewealthy lifestyle. Another example of a Nigerian superstition is ‘ spare therod and spoil the child’ this one has to do with discipline, Africans believethat when children are physically disciplined , that they would not go back totheir bad old ways and parents claim that it is done out of love but let us behonest, that really hasn’t helped that many children in the past because theyare more capable of becoming delinquents who do not listen than those who areverbally disciplined with actual love and affection. Parents that do this thinkit is the right way just because that is what they were born into. Globalsuperstitions are the worst kind of superstitions in my opinion because theylead people astray, the beliefs formed move from one part of the world toanother luring people into the unsure world known as superstitions. Zodiacsigns are a type of superstitions, theyare horoscopes that are used according to the month that you were born in,’June 21st-July 22nd are known as cancer’, these horoscopes tell you how your day would be,how you would fall in love or even tell you whether or not you would have goodluck.
These zodiac signs give people a sense of belonging and make people feellike they are making the right decision just because they are not the only onefollowing the trend. These trends have made a very big impact to the lives ofthose around the world especially the light skinned, these are the people thatbelieve in mostly luck and coincidences and not a fixed God. Constellations are another example of superstitions, they use connectedstars to explain Greek mythology, some of them are named after animals, commonobjects or even a character from old mythology. ‘Big Dipper, Ursa Major, andUrsa Minor’ these are examples of constellations that people believe in, theythink that the stars would bring good luck or tell our future.
These beliefsare started out in one part of the world and are sent around to other places becausepeople believe it is a trend or they are really desperate for something.Superstitious behavior make people feel more confident and less self-consciousbecause they know that there are many other people around the world doing thesame thing so they are not the only ones doing it whether wrong or right. Suicidaleffects; people would want to commit suicide because their zodiac sign is notthe same as a celebrities own or they would never be as good as the girl/boy nextdoor. Their zodiac signs might not always bring forth good luck or thesuperstition they believe in might not be working for them that point in timeor that year even though they have been following the same trend basicallytheir whole lives or at least since they found out about the trend. On theother hand, this can prevent suicide because the person finally feels like theybelong. In my ownopinion superstitions are the easy way of life which really isn’t a good thingbecause nothing good ever comes easy. I believe that something good only comesyour way when you work hard for it and not just out of a coincidence or ‘luck’,I personally do not believe in luck, there are some traditional superstitionsthat I might’ve followed when I was younger because I wanted to fit in or becauseI saw my friends doing them ‘ pick money from the floor, and turn into ananimal’ but I later realized as I grew up that I do not need to fit in and I donot need to be like everyone else.
Why not me being that trend setter or mebeing that person that people look forward to seeing or look forward to being?,why must I follow in the ways of others and in the path that someone else has setfor me and not me setting the path for myself. Superstitions are just a meansof easy escape from the world, these are things that clog the mind and divertour minds from the things that are really important, like why am I wearing askirt today? I am wearing a skirt today because I feel like wearing a skirt notbecause my ‘zodiac sign’ told me that I have to wear skirts on Mondays andplaid on Wednesdays. I want to be able to make my own choices without the fearof someone judging me and telling me that what I am doing is wrong. I believethat people should finally stand up for themselves and be who they want to beand not who someone tells them they haveto be, and with superstitions and made up beliefs being a constant in our dailylives and on top of that, new ones arising every day, the chances of thesethings happening are very low because once we start in a particular way of lifeand get used to living that way, then it would be very hard for us to justswitch up and start a whole new life. These already set paths are seen to bethe good way of living or because your parents and generations past went downthat path and it went well for them so they believe that it is destined to workfor you.
One day it might work one day it might not. These choiceswe make can affect our daily lives, we might’ve been looking for a job for avery long time and a new job becomes available we would turn it down becauseour ‘eight ball’ or our ‘lucky dice’ did not tell us to accept the job. Apopular saying ‘opportunity comes but once’ should be a drive to stop us frommaking these mistakes that we know that we would regret later or ‘good thingscome to those who wait’ this is a very true saying and I have experienced firsthand but without the help of constellations and all pushing me to do what I did.I would admit some of them are very fun to do like jumping or stepping overcracks to avoid breaking your mums back or just reading your zodiac sign justfor the fun of it but when t gets too much it becomes a very big problem bothfor you, and those around you. It might become an addiction whereby you feellike that thing has to be part of your daily life and without it you feelincomplete .So in conclusion the best way to get a first hand on yearly decision makingis the rational way.
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