Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Daily Musing - March 5th, 2013 - Superstition - 迷信 - Míxìn

Superstition - 迷信 - Míxìn

Ghostly voices sound familiar,
whispers hidden by the wind.
Certainty of ill to come,
assumptions made absolute.
Vacillation between the absurd and the expected,
explanations of everyday events,
may be classified either as superstitious
or traditional, but why ask?

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

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Tradition is an oral transmission of rites and customs between generations. Superstitions are beliefs inconsistent with what society considers reality. If tradition and superstition become enmeshed, it will cause trouble.

Those who are raised with both tradition and superstition are often torn between two different worlds. Contradictory beliefs breed conflicts, as knowledge changes over time and doubt and uncertainty creep into the mix.  

All traditions must undergo revision, lest they degenerate into superstition. True substance may only take form when tradition and superstition are set aside, so as to not compromise the integrity of one's natural character. If this is not done, then one's character will be shallow, based upon the out-dated and incompatible belief systems of the ancients. A character such as this is only a flickering facsimile of what could be; a shadow comprised on ghostly whispers.