Since it’s Friday the 13th, I figured that I couldn’t let this day go by without touching the topic of superstitions. In a lot of ways, I see superstitions as belief systems that challenge the notion of the sovereignty of God. They are sets of rules that people tend to follow without being cognizant of God’s ability to override them. This is especially amusing when considering that I learned most of what I know about superstitions from church folk. That’s right, it was church folk who taught me about the evils of splitting a pole, allowing a black cat to cross my path, walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, stepping on cracks in the sidewalk, and just about any other superstitious notion that I have heard.
I have often wondered about the root of many of these superstitions. As a social science researcher, just about any cultural phenomenon is of interest to me. Unfortunately, my current emphasis on public affairs prevents me from studying the impact of superstition on African American religion fully. Those of you in academia understand. I have to write my dissertation, get a job, and receive tenure before I have free reign to pursue all of my side research interests that are only tangentially related to my concentration. I could also transfer to a PhD program in African American Studies, American Studies, Sociology, or Theology, but at this point, I just want to graduate (and I have already changed fields once).
Since I am unable to study this topic as an academic (and actually have it relevant to my CV), I guess it will become one of the many things that I ponder in my spare time. For now, I will be sure to observe any unusual behavior I see on days like today and likely blog about it at a later date.
Stevie Wonder – “Superstition” Live – Vintage Stevie Wonder at his best.