Very superstitious, writing’s on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin’ glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past.
When you believe in things that you don’t understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain’t the way
—Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Sometimes.., well often, I like to I like to psychologically give people a wedge, do something to them not as embarrassing as make them uncomfortable in checking where their mind is at. As one who embraces psychology and the art of war, I try to employ strategies just to observe how stupid we get about a lot of things we hold dear. Now I am no expert, which is both good and bad, bad because, well, I wish I was, but good because it shows me how one needs very little strategy to throw people of balance. Case in point: I love to ask Christian females why is it they see “god” as a male and not a female. After all there is no logical reason to think in that light other than someone first put forth that argument. Man… never knew prim and proper church ladies could dance, run or shoot out venom and condemnation as the recipient of my question. Why is it that females refuse to believe I the feminine principle of the divine, yet embrace the masculine principle put forward my mysinogistic males, whose philosophy reigns supreme over their bible?
Another boogie man –figuratively and literally- is voodoo, obeah and such. Just mention in jest that you’re going to get a doll that look like them and stick pins in them, or just mention any of those two words above and the reaction you get is fear, fright and a heavy dose of distrust and avoidance. We hold things dear to us that are as proven today as anything else, yet we turn around and look down our noses at other groups of people who have their own little superstitious practices.
I.e, Hindus and the worship of the cows, when you die you go to paradise and hang out with 72 virgins, communion eating bread and wine is not symbolic cannibalism, Obama is in control of America, America is a free country…shit like that which boggles the mind of rational beings with theoretical and empirical evidences. A caveat please; Ancient Africans, Native Americans (north and South) and many other people of ancient times where in touch with the earth and over stood how to flow with the energies around them and had the knowledge to manipulate them to the point where they can disrupt your energy flow. They also had knowledge of herbs, plant and psychological manipulation that was highly feared-respected by those who didn’t have the knowledge. These people where worshipped as great, shamans, guru, teachers, gods and despots, depending on how they applied their knowledge and how they ALLOWED the people to view them.
Today’s Urban and rural preachers, televangelists, imams, politicians and entertainment figures have the same kinds of effect on the gullible and social misfits and many often use their influence to manipulate those with the IQ and personalities of a gnat. Also, whether or not YOU or I, claim not to believe in the devil, voodoo, obeah or the fartings of the Federal Reserve, CRA, and politicians lying that federal taxes are legal, that doesn’t mean others won’t believe, follow, worship and hang on to every slop thrown to them like hogs in a pen. There are people who believe in voodoo, obeah, that god is a man (male principle) and while most have no empirical evidence or true over standing, quite a small amount have made it their life’s journey to embrace their belief through practice and propaganda. Some do it unconsciously and some do it consciously, but the one main factor is they believe.