Are modern day science n stress making us more sick or superstitious?

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True image or illusion?

Current US President Barack Obama has revealed in a recent interview that he always carries in his pocket a statuette of Lord Hanuman, small Buddha, silver poker chip etc. and seeks inspiration from same when he feels tired or discouraged. But, he has said that he is not that superstitious.

He is not alone; he has millions of followers!

How gifts and gadgets of science are making you more superstitious

You would find celebrities, artists, leaders, especially from political polity and gen. next more than ever before wearing rings containing specific stones, colorful bands or sacred threads on their wrists or lucky charms to attract good omens. Advancements in multimedia enable millions to watch them like never before and entice them to emulate such practices.

Scientific advancements have given advent to social media and social media have brought together not only colleagues, cultures, traditions, beliefs and rituals from every corner of our planet but also voices of faith healers and fortune tellers. Every other day, I get text message on my cell phone about forecast for my future and what I should do to make it lucky. One day while under duress, one is bound to fall prey to same.

All kinds of wearable devices are now available to monitor nearly all parameters of your body. Everything looks hunky-dory as long as these parameters are within prescribed limits. But what is if some of those go out of limits? You land on the lap of stress, superstition or god for quick fixes. Hardly anyone would run to doctors for every tit and bit; but if someone does it, he/she would create another set of psychological problems.

When you are stressed, you fall either sick or prey to superstitions

Stress has long list of its byproducts – insomnia, IBS, cardio disorder, lever dysfunction, diabetes… and now new research studies including one conducted by Ohio State University have added cancer, as it gets accentuated by stress.

In modern age, there are many more media available to invite stress, leading among which is social media and mobile phones. Social media is a great boon as well as a gruesome bane. It is a classic example of how plus and minus go hand in hand. Thirty years back, we were surviving very well without having even a line of remote communication at home; today we can’t sustain a minute without cell phone in hand.

No one notices, rather dislikes to notice silent stress of taking selfies, posting images supposedly better than previous day, racing to get more likes and repenting if buddies or beloved did not like it.

Untold story of how science has been misused by man

In its original form, science is secular and secures everyone; but depending upon how it is used or applied, it can create values and virtues or vices and viruses; it can develop faith or fear; surprisingly, its positive use promotes spiritualism and negative use prompts materialism.

Though the taste of man or masses is for positive, their recipe is for exactly opposite – negative. That is why scientific facts have been twisted by most people into their fractured faiths i.e. illusions or superstitions and turned on more far right and left wing ideas and ideologies leaving little space for the center or balanced ones. Discoveries of atom and subatomic particles should have consolidated our conviction that god is everywhere but we have pushed him elsewhere – deeper into isolation and places of worship. We have used these discoveries more for destruction than for construction, creating more stress on our system. We have misused stress to create more medicines and manipulated the fact that it is more a matter of mind control.

We hardly know who we are; but we want to jump into bandwagon of knowing who and where aliens are. We are unable to arrest decay of our world colony; but billions of dollars are being spent on race for colonizing Mars and Moons.

But, all is not lost yet, if we can still realize that it is a bad idea to misuse or overuse science, its gifts and gadgets and that it is a bane to drift away from core principles of nature and life!

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2 Comments
  • Rudra
    Nov 8,2016 at 12:53 am

    Not a fan of superstitions at all – don’t believe in all such things.

    Although I hardly do, but whenever I experience stress, I feel and fall a bit sick but never ever let myself fall prey to superstitions.

    You may not believe this but actually I am a huge Social Networker, a big fan of Social Media. But have never let social networking affect me in a bad way. I don’t take selfies or post images supposedly better than previous day. I hardly get any likes on my posts. But still, have been a relentless user of social media for the last 12 years or so. It keeps me connected – probably that’s the only reason.

    Well, there is no harm in trying to know what’s happening around us or our planet? It will keep us prepared! I surely see a possibility of few of us moving to other planets or to the moon for that matter, in coming 1000 years… 🙂

    Not sure about others, but I confirm I am using science and the technology in a balanced way… always keep a check that nothing at any point of time, overpowers me – doesn’t matter whoever it is, whatever it is…

    Good read! 🙂

    • Nov 8,2016 at 6:01 pm

      I highly appreciate your valuable comments and sharing what you do!

      From what you have stated, you seem to be doing very well. Very balanced approach. It should give you lot of successes.

      By the way, if you are a big fan of social media, it is not feasible that you also do not face frustration from same. If you indeed never face it, you are defying law of contradiction that we all live with.

      There is no harm in knowing what is going around; but what we don’t know is that scientific community is under illusion that it does not shoot in the dark in many areas.

      Please keep up with your good efforts.

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