At all costs, avoid remote lakes and men named Jason wearing masks today of all days.
The prevalence of superstition is an interesting topic for a society. This particular day is a perfect example of a day when superstition takes on a life of its own and makes for an event anyway. Movies such as Friday the 13th are made. They’re released on Friday the 13th. Origins of this day being unlucky are unknown.
There really doesn’t seem to be a reason to fear this day. But people don’t fly on Friday the 13th. They stay home. They don’t spend money. They change their routine. In a sense, they make this superstition a fact of life by giving it life.
Superstition certainly plays a part in Science Fiction. In that bastion of all SciFi that is my go-to for everything, Star Wars had the Jedi. In the beginning of the first made film (I refuse to call that other movie the first one) the idea of the force had moved into superstition. Obi-Wan Kenobi is considered a superstitious old man. Though, in this case, we’re not talking Jason. The force is an important element of that universe.
The entire niche of 2012 apocalyptic fiction is based on superstition. I say bring it on! I could read some good the sky is falling fiction.
One story that has stayed with me for years, its impact lasting with me since I was a kid, is Isaac Asimov’s Nightfall. The story involves scientists on a world that never goes dark–except once every two thousand years or so. There’s a rash of fear it’s about to happen again. Superstition, the world is ending sort of stuff. It’s a wonderful story.
Will you avoid flying today, or walking under a ladder, or will you load up a good horror movie and pop some corn?