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Throughout the years, people have come to realize that we, as a human race, fear the unknown. Therefore, humankind has invented preposterous superstitions to fill this very void of the unknown. Most people are superstitious in one way or another. Some absurd superstitions that have been devised over the centuries relate with issues such as: insects/animals, daily human activities, and/or folk medicines.
First, absurd superstition is none other than an insect; the bee. It is stated that "if a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will
soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant." In my opinion, the only "unpleasant" visitor in my home would be the bee itself. I am sure that if I
inflicted upon the bee's honeycomb, I would surely be attacked. I have the right to remove the bee from my home; even if that involves the
killing of the bee. Maybe this superstition was made up by a member of the animal rights organization. Or maybe by someone who was scared of
bees, so scared they were afraid to get rid of the bee from their home. Therefore, when questioned about the presence of a bee in their home,
one replied by concocting a superstition about a bee.
However, other superstitions involve our everyday activities. One that comes to mind is the superstition about getting in and out of your
bed. It is said that "you must get out of bed on the same side that you get in or you will have bad luck." Personally, having a job and attending college full time, when I get the opportunity to see my bed, I do not care what side I collapse on. I am just glad to see my bed and finally relax. I am sure not going to remember nor care what side of the
bed I crawled into as I get ready to exit in the morning. Just to mock this superstition, I decided to pay attention to what side I entered my bed last night. When I woke up this morning, I made it a
point to exit on the opposite side. As of right now, I am having a normal, in fact, better day than normal. So when I complete and hand in
this paper, you know that the bed superstition is one not to obey.
Next superstition deals with folk medicines. The Mandrake is a mysterious plant believed to have powers of preventing sterility in men and animals, causing barren women to bear children, and compelling love. There is no hardcore evidence to back up the claim of Mandrake. Infact, Mandrake is a mild poison, not only is the Mandrake superstition false, but it could kill if practiced! Once again another ridiculous superstition; not only a ridiculous one, but it could be harmful to your health.
Inconclusion, superstitions are just superficial beliefs to help humans deal with the unknown, fears, or the unexplained. Superstitions are absurd, they should not be taken serious, nor should superstitions be practiced. They are nothing more then a false conception of causation taken to an extreme.
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