Editorial: Friday fears should not ruin the day

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 07:27 PM

Somewhere between the “thank goodness it’s Friday” crowd and those who will cower at every movement tomorrow are the rest of us.

Our best advice: Go with the TGIF crowd.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a name given for a superstition or specific fear of Friday the 13th.

Friggatriskaidekaphobia is another name for it, not to be confused with any of Ol’ Roy’s vocabulary down in Chapel Hill. We’re not sure where he stands with this particular superstition.

Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13. It comes from the Greek “tris” meaning three, “kai” meaning and, “deka” meaning 10 and “phobia” meaning fear or morbid fear.

Friday is another in life, and we believe the fact that it is the 13th day of the month on a Friday will have absolutely no bearing on what happens to anyone.

Perhaps, even, something extraordinary will happen. As Friday the 13th goes, we’ve done well this year — this is only the second. There was September, and there’s tomorrow. And next year is even better — just June.

See? There’s already a reason to look to the bright side.

When it comes to fear, we’ve all got our way to cope. But one of the greatest assets we possess is discernment, knowing just when fear should be relevant and when it should not.

There are times, to be sure. We just don’t believe tomorrow will be one of them due to the date on the calendar.

President Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration address was for a country in perilous times. It was the Great Depression. And he told us, as we so well remember, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” But let us not forget the important part that followed, as he continued, “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Count us in the group believing fear of a calendar constitutes unjustified.

To believe in superstition is to believe events happen without a physical process linking the events, that they happen inconsistent to the known laws of science or what we know and accept as true and rational.

For light-hearted and fun aspects, sure, grab that heads-up penny, or avoid walking under a ladder.

But don’t let the calendar ruin this Friday. The day will be what we make of it.