Linda G. Hill

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What Type of Believer Are You?

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There are different types of believers in this world. Those who are religious (or not) are usually the first to come to mind. Some believe devoutly in one political party over another, others are positive there are aliens hovering, just waiting for the right time to be taken to our leader (which may or may not have something to do with the example before). But none of these have anything to do with my ponderings, nor my question to you.

This morning, while I was preparing my son’s tube-feeding, I started thinking about the difference between people who believe in superstitions versus those who swear things that happen which are related to one another are mere coincidence. And then I thought about Murphy’s Law. You know, the one that goes something like, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” I then started to wonder if there’s any correlation between the pessimistic old Irishman and the half full/half empty glass.

Keeping in mind the fact that I was thinking all this at 5:30am, I’m sure you’ll bear with me through my semi-conclusions to this riot of contemplation. Right? Okay. Here we go.

If a person believes in Mr. Murphy’s doom and gloom prophesy, he (using male pronoun for no other reason than ease) is more likely to be superstitious. Why? Because it’s his only defense against a probable negative outcome. It follows then (or at least it did in the wee hours of this morning), that superstitious people are glass half-empty people. So, Murphy = superstition = pessimist.

Alternatively, if a person does not believe the infamous Mr. Murphy had a leg to stand on, then she (see above pronoun explanation) is more likely to believe that relatable happenings are coincidence. Why? Because why not. This happens, that happens, chances are if we do it right in the first place then it’ll be okay. You see where I’m going next… she is the glass half-full person. The coincidence believer. No Murphy = coincidence = optimist.

All cut and dry, right? It is until I take into account that I believe in some superstitions and most of the time our dear old Murphy AND I’m an optimistic glass half-full type. What to do with this confusing information… Hmm… Oh I know! Ask my wonderful friends in WordPress land! Where do you fit in to all of this gobbledigook?

To make it easier, I’ve created a poll.

Please answer it as best you can.

Further to the poll, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Am I way out to lunch? (Or breakfast, as the case may be.) Should I keep my 5:30am thoughts to myself? Let me know. And don’t forget to vote! This is science, people!

 

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48 thoughts on “What Type of Believer Are You?

  1. In a world where there are an infinite possibilities on what could happen on any given day, it is difficult to pick a side. I guess I’ll have to go with Shit Happens! hahaha

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  2. I believe that it’s bad luck to be superstitious.

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  3. Ripples… In my glass of water.. apparently. šŸ™‚

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  4. I don’t really consider myself superstitious. If I was, I wouldn’t be the proud owner of a sweet black kitty šŸ™‚ I do think some things just tend to happen, though. And that there is a lot of coincidence in the world (I keep having to tell my mom often, when she asks me about some stuff that happens to her, that it’s just coincidence and doesn’t mean anything). But as I’m Christian, I also tend to believe that He has a hand in some things happening (like leading me and boyfriend to each other).

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  5. I believe coincidence is “Godincidence” and my glass is always filled by Him.:)

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  6. perhaps I am superstitious to an extent, I am a believer in Karma … and of certain physics parameters … when it comes to Karma I believe you get back what you give 10 fold , as for the physics… for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction … kind of the same thing as Karma really… only in fancy nerd form lol
    I am also a spiritual person, I wouldn’t say religious , I have my own beliefs thoughts and opinions on the ever after… at worse.. I could be wrong then it’s an Oopsie and coming back for a do over… at best.. I get to be a ghost and hide in the walls and jump out and scare the bejeezus out of unsuspecting people ! I could do that for eternity and never get tired of it lol

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  7. In an infinite universe, the probability of virtually anything happening increases to 1. Coincidences are therefore unavoidable, no matter how spooky or “by design” they might seem.

    So, I’m not superstitious, though I absolutely understand and appreciate the value of it (I always wear my Falcons jersey when the team plays, more because it makes me feel good than that I think it’s going to help the team in any way).

    And I’m an optimist, or at least I try very hard to be. There’s enough bad stuff happening in the world without adding to it in my mind.

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  8. I do live by half-full glass. Coincidences happens but as I see it, for a reason, so maybe not coincidence anyway šŸ˜‰

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  9. I prefer wine please, my glass is half full so no rush!

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  10. I am pretty superstitious and a glass half-empty kind of a girl, but also one who is trying to be more positive! šŸ™‚

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  11. Most of my life I’ve been a realistic optimist with a dash of superstition to keep it interesting.

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  12. I do not believe in coincidence, and I always have a drink in hand šŸ™‚

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  13. I only get superstitious when things are not going well. I still maintain the half full attitude and can usually explain circumstances away with the phrase, “and so it goes,” from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five.

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  14. I believe the glass is refillable and coincidences happen all the time, people just make up superstitions to explain them because folks just hate unexplained stuff.

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    • The glass is refillable… sounds pretty optimistic to me! And I agree, superstitions tend often to be explanations, but then so does religion. Not that I want to get into a discussion on religion. Just sayin’. šŸ˜›

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  15. I’m not superstitious (knock on wood šŸ˜‰) not do I believing in overriding coincidences; sure, sometimes a couple things will happen in close proximity that are coincidentally, but not as a matter of course. As you said, feces occurs. I also do not consider myself an optimist or a pessimist, I consider myself a realist. We are not omniscient, so we don’t understand how things interrelate. I’ve stepped on many cracks, and my mother was fine.

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  16. This was so hard for me to figure out.. I used to believe in coincidences, that they made a chain reaction a Sychronicty thing going on. Then I read about there NOT being coincidences that everything happens for a reason.. which takes me right back to things happening in a certain order to make it happen for a reason. Since I believe in reincarnation and past lives I have to believe we meet certain people to learn our life lessons. So is a synchronism(Is that what I want to say?) happening the same as a coincidence?

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  17. I don’t know if I fit into any of those categories, simply because I don’t think that anything is ever really a coincidence. Instead, I feel that everything happens for a reason. One thing always leads us to the next. When I look back on my life, I can see how nearly every piece worked together to place me exactly where I am right now. For that reason, although my glass is half-empty sometimes, I try my best to keep it half-full, by fully expecting everything (good and bad) to work out in the long run.

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    • There’s a lot to be said for the belief that everything happens for a reason. I do too… in the end, that’s where we end up, right? But in the moment I’ll still touch wood in hopes of the outcome I’m wishing for in the short term. šŸ™‚

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  18. I enjoyed this post and I am usually half full kinda gal but depending what is going into my life. For instance of that bastard Murphy lurks around too long, it is easy to be swayed into the glass half empty and duck for the next doom and gloom. I like what one of my grade 8 students told me years ago “Life’s a bitch and then you die”. Although I may have worded this differently…now this would be a great SoCS too. Okay, I`ll just continue this blurb on my blog now, thanks, Linda. And happy elections (groan)

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    • Oh yes, the elections. Devils in both hands, which one to choose?
      I suppose most of us are all over the place at different times in our lives. I was hoping for a general “this is the way I am most of the time” sort of answer. And, coincidentally, I did think about making this a SoCS prompt, but I figured it would be too complicated to explain. I still might do something with it though if I can chisel the whole question down to one word. šŸ™‚ Great minds, my dear. šŸ˜‰

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