Evil in World Religion, a course at the University of Manitoba was by far the most interesting course I’ve ever taken. I often think about questions it raised, and can apply what I learnt to many other aspects in my life.
Tonight, I set out to write a positive blog about my day – not a word came out, so I will write what I feel like discussing, magical thinking. Before I define it, ask yourself these questions:
- Could you wear a killer’s cardigan?
- Why are houses where violent crimes are committed destroyed?
- What makes your special collector items so special?
- How would you feel if your friend ripped up a picture of your mother?
- “I was just thinking the same thing!”
- Why do your lovers germs seem less gross than a strangers?
- Do you own something “lucky?”
- Can you tell when someone behind you is looking at you?
- Why does a drop of sewage do more to a bucket of clean water than a drop of clean water to a bucket of sewage?
Magical thinking is a human behaviour which can be detrimental in putting our minds at ease, yet is an area of study that remains to be poorly understood. Magical thinking is a rudimentary part of our existence, as it provides the justifications that help formulate beliefs and feelings. It influences many aspects of life, including: hygiene, basic differentiation between “good” and “evil”, purification rituals, and even petty day to day inclinations (such as who we choose to associate with; what we eat). We look for patterns as most people hate surprises, and need to feel in control.