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  1. The question is more complicated than it might seem. I tend to think that belief in the supernatural is a lack of self – confidence and self-reliance.

    For example, if you are poorly prepared for an exam, then you need some external force that can take some of the responsibility on itself. “Lucky sweater”, “unwashed head” – this can explain your accidental success; “black cat”, “went around the lamppost on the right” – these are excuses for accidental failure. In both cases, the role of the main participant is reduced, and almost nothing depends on it.

    Similarly, in other situations. The desire to see mystical omens is a desire to shift most of the responsibility to “higher forces”. And then not “I got into an accident because I bought a license and didn't practice my skills on the circuit”, but “I saw a broken road sign – to an accident” or “it's time to tell my brother that I don't like that he takes my things without asking” turns into “spilled salt – to a quarrel”.

  2. This is perfectly written in the novel by Viktor Pelevin “Numbers”, the main character of which is engaged all his life in paying attention to coincidences and signs. This book is quite sobering, I must say.

    As for the signs and superstitions, there is a whole section of folklore studies that deals with their study. It is clear that omens and superstitions appeared at a time when humanity was not ready to fully analyze and filter incoming information, so it was often interpreted not quite adequately. I mean, syncretic thinking could find connections between completely different phenomena and the causes of these phenomena, and see events that were completely unrelated to them. Therefore, it is quite possible that the sign of a black cat running across the road, carrying misfortune, appeared after some person once upon a time, by perfect chance, an accident occurred on the day when a poor cat ran across the road, looking for food.

    Most of the currently known signs, moreover, have a fairly simple explanation. For example, a sign that prohibits greeting or passing things through the doorway. The thing is that the doorway, like any other border place or time, was considered a kind of portal through which otherworldly forces could get into the world of people: goblins, mermaids, brownies and others like them. Actions performed by people in the border space could activate this portal, which was highly undesirable. By the same principle, by the way, it was customary to conduct all sorts of divination or summon spirits at midnight. In these cases, on the contrary, they tried to consciously establish a connection with the other world. In general, there are a lot of funny stories in this area. For example, a sick lower back in ancient times could be treated in this way: a sick person was placed in an ill-fated doorway, after which they began to beat him on the sick lower back in the hope of knocking out any nonsense from it.

    It seems to me that this information helps to stop perceiving signs and everything like that as something unknown, transmitting the will of some otherworldly forces, and to understand that such a worldview was characteristic of people who lived a very long time ago.

  3. It's all about saturation. There is nothing wrong with seeing signs of a different existence in your surroundings.

    It's all about saturation, yes.

    The person, in any case, is sure that he is here for a reason, and he is not alone. Something or someone is sending him signs. It makes some sense.

    Lovers just drown in it. The world is full. Happiness or unhappiness is the second question.

    Appreciate it, because the reverse side is a dry meaninglessness (it is called “reality”. They have their own signs. Money).

    But don't give in to the signs either. You can't give in. Act rationally. From yourself, not “by signs”. If you make a mistake , you will blame yourself, not the autumn leaf.

    You need to be on the edge. This one is hard. Humor saves you.

  4. I suggest you take the hard way: spend a lot of valuable life time studying all sorts of signs. At a certain stage, you will notice that the signs contradict each other, and as you study, you will notice that there are fewer and fewer things that can be done without fear of consequences. In the end, even just sitting on the couch can be fraught with consequences: the wrong position, the wrong time of day. There is a chance that all these conventions will seem completely absurd to you.

    Tatiana Tolstaya perfectly illustrated this principle (I can't guarantee the accuracy of the citation):.

    1. You can not pickle cucumbers before the full moon.

    2. You can't pickle cucumbers after the full moon.

    3. In no case should you pickle cucumbers during the full moon.

    I consider it my duty to warn you that this instruction may have the opposite effect in the case of extreme impressionability. In theory, you can become quite paranoid.

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