I have always been intrigued with our collective and individual superstitions:
The American Heritage Dictionary's first definition of the word superstition is: An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.
I have often wondered as we hurtle into the future, technology and progress blazing, if at the points of biggest change
.:. Iron to Bronze Age .:. Dark Ages to the Renaissance .:. Agrarian to Industrial .:. Post Modern to ... (and etc)
that those may be the junctures where cultural (and individual) superstitions are born, are created. As things change and evolve, there are always those of us who are fearful of such big shifts, terrified of what might be around the corner, and invested in holding on to things from the past, from when we were children, from a time, when perhaps we felt safer, than we do now.
I know as much as I love my computers and telephones and iPod and all the other whats-its, there are moments where I feel like rushing back to my childhood, when who had ever heard of play dates, you just played; and we would wait all day for 1 car to drive through our neighborhood; and running till you could run no more was one of the funnest things to do, ever; when laying in summer grass and finding the constellations in the sky was an evenings entertainment . .
I go back to things from childhood that I still do now:
Touch a tree for luck .:. Make a wish on the first star at night .:. Count the mailboxes from the top of the street to my house in multiples of 7 .:. Step ina puddle with my left foot .:. Whisper "rabbit rabbit" before saying anything else on the first day of the month .:.
Past and Future
Ancient and Modern
these are my superstitions...