|This has got to be a sign of something
"raw dogma" by Nkrumah Steward, creator of 8BM.com
No matter how sophisticated we try to get, no matter how much we pat ourselves on the back for learning about the world around us, there will always be a vast majority of people that can’t resist the urge to be superstitious.
It’s hard not to be. Superstition is just our little way of trying to gain a sense of control over that which we know that we otherwise would have no control of.
There’s a lot of things in this world I wish I could control, and if doing a little rain dance or rubbing the smooth side of a rock could make things go my way for a change I would do it.
Hey I would like to be rich enough to build my own dream home. I am 33 years old. I think I am long overdue for a little indulgence of abundance in my life.
Now I can either keep working extra hard at trying to be the best at whatever it is that I do, or I can make sure that I eat the same breakfast cereal every morning and pay attention that I don’t step on any cracks in the side walk on my way to work.
You think I’m joking but you’d be hard pressed to find a professional athlete that doesn’t have a some kind of superstitious ritual before a game, or a gambler that doesn’t have a rabbit’s foot or a lucky pair of dice.
Well today in Turkey one sheep in leapt to its death over a cliff.
Then 1,500 others followed.
The only reason they all didn’t die is because as the carcasses started to pile up at the bottom of the cliff they actually served as a big fluffy pillow for the other sheep to bounce off of a gentle roll over to the ground safely.
But still, that’s beside the point.
Not all of them bounced off the pile. At least 450 of them didn’t.
The estimated loss to families in the town of Gevas, located in Van province in eastern Turkey, tops $100,000, a significant amount of money in a country where average GDP per head is only around $2,700.
It would be hard not to take this as a sign of something.
Turkish sheepherders said that they went to eat breakfast and took their eyes off their sheep for only a few minutes before they noticed that they were just swan diving off the cliff one after another.
"There's nothing we can do. They're all wasted," Nevzat Bayhan, a member of one of 26 families whose sheep were grazing together in the herd, was quoted as saying by Aksam.
Every time someone uses foreshadowing in a movie or a book, to give us a hint of what is to come they play into this belief that there are signs in things then people start running to the Ouija board to see if their boyfriend is cheating on them.
So if you were writing a novel and it began with 1,500 sheep charging head first over a cliff to their deaths, what would you be saying to your reader?
Man, you always use the cliché that people are just sheep, but it isn’t until something like this happens that you realize how much of an insult that really is.
But it’s only an insult because the truth hurts.