Bob the Sloth picks the winner of the MLS Cup
If you read my last blog you know what’s going on in my personal life, so I’ve given my husband the honour of choosing the subject matter for my last blog. After some ridiculous suggestions while we were watching the news, the story of Bob the Sloth picking TFC to win the MLS Cup came up, and he said why don’t you do that for your blog? I initially said no, but then thought about it. Why do we believe in something so seemingly silly as have a sloth predict the winner for the game? My husband pointed out by the way that this sloth had great success in correctly predicting the winner of the last World Cup. To move beyond Bob why do we not walk under ladders, fear Friday the 13th, believe that horseshoes bring good luck…?
We all know that superstitions seem irrational and not founded in any sort of logic, and Pitlane Magazine states, ” superstitions have unpredictability at their roots. Bad luck superstitions typically have an association with major transitions, with death, or with upsetting the balance of life at their core, even if the original reason for the association is long lost. Good luck superstitions are associated with gaining a sense of control in unpredictable situations.” Why People Believe in Superstititons (n.d.) Retrieved from http://bit.ly/2yUwiW2 Some examples of bad luck superstitions are if you spill salt you have to throw some over your shoulder to ward off bad luck, not opening an umbrella in the house, and breaking a mirror bringing bad luck. Some good luck superstitions are finding a penny and picking it up to bring yourself good luck for the whole day, or if you break a wishbone and get the larger bone whatever you wish for will come true. There are loads more that I’m sure my reader can share!
Is Superstition Based on Hope?
To me the common theme in all superstitions, whether good or bad, is hope, hope that bad luck will stay away from you and your life and that you will surround yourself with good luck. If we look at what Pitlane Magazine says, superstitions are meant to give the believer some measure of control in a random world. I have always been superstitious, but especially now when I know that my husband does not have much longer to live, I am so careful to follow all these “rules” to try to keep bad luck away, and have good luck in prolonging my husband’s life. I spilled salt the other day and you would have thought that I set a bomb off from my reaction of immediately jumping up and throwing salt over my shoulder. None of us has any idea what will happen from day to day, so if you can throw a penny in a fountain and supposedly have control over your future, or have a sloth give us hope that Toronto can become the MLS champions why not believe, and have hope in a good future?
Did Hope Reign?
As we now know Bob the Sloth was right, Toronto won the MLS Cup. Now do you believe?
If a black cat crosses your path, or if you walk under a ladder you’ll have bad luck. If you want to predict the winner of the MLS cup Bob the Sloth will predict it in the same way that a fortune teller can let you know what good luck and bad luck lies ahead. Are superstitions a form of hope, or a waste of time? My thoughts are: http://bit.ly/2iKatzm
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