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A Few Kind Words for Superstition is an essay by the Canadian writer Robertson Davies The essay focuses on the belief of the human world in superstition and its different forms Davies states that superstition throughout human culture is something of an underground belief that no one will admit to and most frown upon yet most people still participate in it The author inquires on why so called irrational things such as Parapsychology UFOs miracle cures transcendental meditation are condemned in our societies yet superstition is slightly disapproved of Davies believes that superstition has some sort of unmentioned hook with all of us He states that even though people wont admit they are superstitious he sees all four forms of superstition everyday at the college he attends Davies writes that the four forms of superstition are Vain Observances Divination Idolatry and Improper Worship of the True God The author tells us that Vain Observances can include things like throwing salt over your left shoulder after spilling it or avoiding walking under a ladder Davies goes on to tell us that Divination involves basing a decision on the advice of prophecies or oracles He then proceeds to say that Idolatry is the belief in the luck or fortune of a certain item whether it is a lucky coin or some sort of other charm Improper Worship of the True God is something Davies describes as the bribery of the Deity or basically trying to pay off God to get what you want Davies tells us that superstition is an ancient belief and is actually he believes not even as widely believed in today than in the past He also goes on to say that superstition can be seen very early in life as well The author informs us that superstition is ancient enough to have sprung from the part of the human mind that does not see race or creed According to Davies there are superstitions
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