weissea wrote: 14erFred wrote:
Behavior is a superstition only if it's based on an irrational belief that the particular action actually prevents a bad outcome or causes a good outcome while climbing. Behavior is a ritual, in contrast, if it's simply a way of acting that's part of your climbing routine. How many climbers truly believe that their actions bring good luck or prevent bad luck, as opposed to acting as they do out of habit or routine? And if the former, by what mechanism(s) do such superstitions operate to change one's fate on the mountains? Just curious...
That's why is superstition, man. No rational justification - just a feeling. I'M A HUMAN BEING, NOT A MACHINE!!!!!
Yes, I understand and agree with what youâ€™re saying. Our superstitions tend to persist, even if we know our beliefs have no rational basis, because we are human beings and not machines. However, some people realize that their superstitious behavior is irrational, whereas other people erroneously believe their superstitions are actually rational and that their actions really DO change their fate. You can engage in superstitious behavior knowing full well that itâ€™s irrational, because the behavior makes you feel good. Or you can engage in superstitious behavior because you incorrectly believe it actually does make you safer. How many of us recognize the irrationality of our superstitions, and how many of us really believe our superstitions arenâ€™t irrational? (In either case, weâ€™re all human beings and not machines.)
Superstitions are dangerous if we truly believe they make us safer and therefore donâ€™t take the precautions we would otherwise.