Editorial: Friday fears should not ruin the day

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 10:50 PM

Don’t worry. That ol’ president was right. We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

We urge you not to be a part of paraskevidekatriaphobia, or friggatriskaidekaphobia, the names given for a superstition or specific fear of Friday the 13th.

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.

Today 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 today, other than what would have anyway.

Perhaps, even, something extraordinary will happen today. After all, in this calendar year for those who are a bit superstitious, this is the lone Friday the 13th on the calendar.

Don’t you like when things turn positive so quickly?

Things didn’t turn positive very quickly when the aforementioned President Franklin Roosevelt advised us in his inaugural address after winning the 1932 election. The depression hit its depth in 1933, but Roosevelt sought to ease fears and re-establish trust and faith in our country.

“This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

His words were for a country in peril. But they resonate for anyone facing crisis, even the self-inflicted “crisis” of believing in a superstition. And superstition is what choose make of it.

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, don’t walk under a ladder, and go wash your car so we can get just a little more rain in Vance County.

But don’t let the calendar ruin this Friday. This day is what you make of it.