Do You Believe in Ghosts?
Do you believe in ghosts? I do, but I think it’s important to throw a little logic at this belief from time to time.
Not every bump in the night is a ghost. Not every item that falls off a shelf is a ghost (hello, gravity and natural seismic activity?!). Those paranormal shows on television are entertainment, folks, and real paranormal investigations are usually long and kind of boring at times.
I’m down with all things woo woo, but it drives me bonkers when folks give up their common sense and believe everything someone tells them about a ghost or a psychic hit or whatever. Ask questions. Think it through.
I attended an event yesterday that I thought would be interesting, and in some ways, it was…but do I think there are ghosts running amok at this location? Nah, not really. Why don’t I think that it’s true?
I’m a local yokel, and if a spot is haunted, man, I’ve heard all about it. I grew up with it. I’m also pretty sensitive to the energy of places I visit. I’ve been to that particular location dozens of times and the energy there is pleasant, fairly neutral. Nothing makes the wee hairs on my arm stand up or makes me feel watched. That’s not to say there’s no energy bouncing around; it’s rare to find a building with no “vibes” to it. I’m just saying there’s nothing dark or menacing afoot. If there’s anything to be “found,” it’s gonna be pretty mild.
The crowd was clamoring to believe, and I know how fun it is to buy in to the story…but bring your logic and your reasoning. It’s no longer an investigation if you color everyone’s thought processes ahead of time with wild tales; it’s para-tainment. You’ve tainted everyone’s logic with storytelling…and that invalidates the “experiences” of your participants. Para-tainment is fun, too, but don’t try to pass off para-tainment as science. Yep.