The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “superstition” as a “belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation.” My maternal grandmother was superstitious and my mother, although not freely admitted, also harbored her superstitions. I am a physician, a pediatrician, a professor emerita ….. and ….. I am superstitious.
Salt should be thrown over the shoulder if it is spilled. Umbrellas should not be opened within the confines of a dwelling. Cracks, black cats and ladders should be avoided studiously. Do I have any proof that ill-tidings will arise if these dicta are not followed? Of course not. I don’t need them because I just know for a fact that these are the laws of the universe.
Very recently I received some bad news about my eyes. So I have an appointment with the retinal specialist. Do you want to know what the date of my appointment is? …..Friday the 13th. Need I say more?! ….. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.