People call illusion reality, and refute the real as illusion.
Look at the cosmetics industry. I have not seen a single woman in my life who looked better because she was wearing powder on her face. But media bombards us with ideas that become superstition. You don’t have to choose it.
Another such superstition is that to have fun you need to drink beer and/or eat junk food. It’s really a long list, and gives us the cold comfort we know as the average life.
Superstition is basically a “Do this” and “Get this” belief? Which is marketing in a nutshell. Yes. That is making superstition work for them. You can make it work for you.
We all fall for it in some way or another. That’s true, though there is a way to avoid that.
Two basic principles are behind this way. The first is that you can really only pay attention to one thing at a time. The second is that you only have so much time in a day.
The reason people have such a hard time breaking habits is they have to do something with that time. Time is energy. If you adopt practices that serve to at least make you consider reality from a broader perspective, even if they are not literally true, you cannot fall into cultural conditioning as easily. You will be able to exert more self will. More freedom of choice.
Superstition is not something you do, though it can have behaviours as a focus. Superstition is what you believe. Now, despite all my earlier ranting about the limits of human perception, that can be used to your advantage as every perception you have is triggered by an event even if not an accurate reflection of it.
Is that why you tend to pick up your parents habits? It is exactly why, and why you become so emotionally invested in keeping them. They come to form the basis for the emotional bond.
Or loosing them. Yes. It can work in reverse.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.