Blinder than the Blind

Blinder than the Blind

Are you following your religion blindly? Do you divorce your logic and reason for your religious convictions? Certain people seem to do that and teach others the same: that there is a dichotomy between faith and reason.

“FAITH…. MUST BE ENFORCED BY REASON, WHEN FAITH BECOMES BLIND, IT DIES.”

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead to the desired goal. Like for instance, breaking of mirrors is a bad sign, lemon and chilli totems have supernatural powers to keep away the evil eye, if a cat crosses your way, it is mandatorily treated as a bad day and the list goes on and on.

superstition-quantalog-6I wonder how many mirrors were broken on 26/11 during the 2008 Mumbai attacks! The entire mirror industry must have collapsed if the superstitions are to be believed. And here’s a tip for guys going on a date, please do ensure that no cats cross your way or no one sneezes before you leave. Else your virtual Facebook girlfriend might turn out to be a 90-year-old granny!!!

Jokes apart, superstition refers to the excessive belief and blind faith for the supernatural. It is the belief in some customs, rites and rituals that are usually baseless and without any reason. What is the cause of this BLIND FAITH? Superstition arises from ignorance. It is generally a legacy which has been kept alive by some scheming people with help from some really naïve people. It is strange that even after the advancement in science and modern education, it has not been completely eradicated.

“IF SUPERSTITION ENTERS, THE BRAIN IS GONE. IT IS THE RELIGION OF FEEBLE MINDS AND AN ABUSE OF FAITH.”

Hence if you keep a stash of garlic in your nightstand to ward off the next vampire invasion, or carry good luck charms, with the belief that these charms will sway fate in your favour, then my friend, you definitely are superstitious. Whether you engage in superstitious behaviour as a form of entertainment, or if you believe you could be a victim of vampires, almost everyone indulges in a superstition now and then.

For those of you who hold no real belief in all this, then your life and behaviour is probably not influenced much by them. But if you find yourself altering your behaviour as a result of some perceived superstitious sign or omen, then your life is probably greatly influenced by this. Have you ever read your Zodiac sign advice and then modified your behaviour that entire day in order to follow the good will of the prediction? How would you have behaved had you not read the advice for your sign? The funny thing about this is that it usually winds up as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Then when the prediction comes true, you attribute the prophecy to the stars rather than your actual actions and behaviour.

“PEOPLE ARE BLIND TO REALITY AND ONLY SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO.”

nirmal-babaAll religious systems have their god or gods that provide comfort, guidance and healing to their devotees. While religion itself is not superstitious, people do make it superstitious by indulging in blind faith. If you’ve been watching television, chances are that you might have caught the “THIRD EYE OF NIRMAL BABA”, peering at you from any one of the thirty channels on which the self-styled god man’s programme appears. Believing these people like NIRMAL BABA and RADHE MA, people follow their absolutely baseless customs. In a way, they want to believe what they say.

“BLIND FAITH IS DANGEROUS!”

This belief can even lead people to fanaticism. Recently the HINDU MAHASABHA, irked at IAS topper’s wedding. Reason being that the groom is a Muslim. firewalkMahasabha has asked the IAS officer’s parents to cancel the wedding or at least convince Khan to get converted. Could not be worse, right?  This is all due to the fact that we people tend to blindly follow the rituals and customs our ancestors invented. How did Hitler manage to annihilate so many people? Because he was scary, partly correct. Because he was powerful, also true. But mostly what helped Hitler was not his personality or power but rather a bunch of people who were just doing their jobs.

Thus blind faith can actually be harmful for the growth and development of a nation and the human civilisation in general. Hence to overcome this, it is the need of the hour that people start having an open mind-set. It might be possible that you have imprisoned your mind in a social and cultural concentration camp. You might have subjected yourself to a brain washing machine of your own making, isolating yourself from ideas that could lead to success. If so, it’s time to sweep aside the bars of prejudice that imprison your intellect. Don’t be BLINDED. OPEN YOUR MIND AND SET IT FREE!!!

-Bhavya Raj
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