When you believe in things you don’t understand
Then you suffer, superstition ain’t the way
Superstition by Steve Wonder
- Is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason, knowledge, or experience. 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 influenced or foretold by specific unrelated prior events.
- The meaning of an unreasonable or excessive belief in fear or magic, especially foreign or fantastical ideas. By the 1st century AD, it came to refer to “religious awe, sanctity; a religious rites”.
A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
— George Bernard Shaw
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavor after a worthy manner of life?
— Bertrand Russell