“A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.” So said Jose Bergamin.

A family is seen advancing. A black cat emerges from nowhere and crosses their way. The father stops everybody warning the family of probable bad luck. So, they stop not venturing to go ahead waiting for someone to go ahead ignorant of what happened. Is it a rational step? Does it have any logic? This is an example of superstition.

A lot of us believe in superstition that do not have logical explanations.

Superstition is an irrational belief arising from ignorance and is an impractical way of looking at life. Even in highly advanced, and prosperous societies, braces of superstition can be seen and heard. A lot of us believe in superstition that do not have logical explanations. There are endless examples of superstitions. Some of the forms of superstitions like braking mirror, spilling of milk or a black cat crossing the path are the examples of misguided beliefs. Superstitious beliefs can have a negative impact on the social well-being of people in society because they are highly associated with financial risk-taking and gambling behaviors. Man’s mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain.

Why do we believe the unbelievable?

The fascinating thing about superstitions is that we often believe in them despite knowing, on some level, that they can’t be true. Why do we do this?

Every social group in the world has specific traditional, cultural practices and beliefs, some of which are beneficial to all members because it promotes solidarity in the community, while others like superstitions are harmful to us. Superstitions generally lead to horrified crimes like burning of women who are blamed to be witches; these practices violate human rights child sacrifice, mainly in deuki pratha of Nepal.

In the 21st century, Superstition still unconsciously holds a dominant role in people’s minds.

Superstitions can be passed down through generations or created on a purely individual level. In the 21st century, Superstition still unconsciously holds a dominant role in people’s minds. Despite science’s attempts to turn the old ways into useless on forgotten beliefs, the remnants of them are still around.   Their minds are auditioned by ancestral thoughts. Even the present generation mainly due to illiteracy and poverty are found to be supporting the superstitious practices.

Uncontrolled belief in superstitions can have a negative impact on how people conduct their lives. Superstition is a major hindrance to social progress and advancement. It also hampers the overall development of a country. In the content of Nepal it is found that superstition is high mainly in rural areas. Over a period of time, superstitious beliefs have rooted themselves firmly in our society. Even corrective measures and government policy has not made the required progress in changing the mindset of the people rooted in superstition. Superstition is an evil practice and is a mumbo jumbo irrational belief.

Our motto now should be “Think Globally and Act Locally.”

Summing up, let’s bear in mind that superstition only has negative impacts on society. Our motto now should be “Think Globally and Act Locally. “Let’s move hand in hand to eradicate such evil practices from our society. Looking into the present situation, the involvement of every individual on earth is urgent and active participation of youth seems even a greater need. Undoubtedly a little effort individually results in a huge achievement collectively to develop the society and the nation as a whole. Superstition is the need to view the world in terms of simple cause and effect.

Kajol Shah

Bachelor of Dental Surgery -3rd Year
BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences