posted on Oct, 6 2014 @ 07:41 PM
This is one of those subjects that really freaks me out. Even having had a few paranormal experiences throughout my life, I am most definitely NOT
comfortable with it. It still scares me. I sometimes get afraid just thinking about my own experiences, even though they were nothing compared to what
some experience. My brother got married a few years ago, and I'm not very close to my sister-in-law, but a few weeks ago we were talking about
paranormal experiences, and she mentioned the apparition this thread is devoted to. She didn't even like talking about the experiences.
It turns out that her little sister started seeing this figure when she was still a child, and nobody believed her. And then one night my
sister-in-law saw it as well, and obviously she was afraid. I told her that there have likely been thousands of people who have seen the exact same
thing, which she was not aware of. Perhaps that offered her some consolation, but I could not make that determination, and I didn't press the topic
anymore considering she seemed uncomfortable with it. I remember her saying the same thing about it feeling evil. I consider myself lucky that none of
my paranormal experiences have been with anything that emanated an evil feeling, as I do not want to even imagine such an experience. Of course this
begs a question...Do people get this evil feeling because it is being projected by this entity, or is this feeling the result of the figure's
appearance alone, meaning that the evil feeling is a project of the human mind as it assigns an emotion to what it is seeing?
I will not go so far to say that the sightings themselves are a product of the mind, as this is so unlikely as to be highly improbable. Even in the
case I mentioned regarding my sister-in-law, two individuals witnessed the exact same thing. Hallucinations are rare, no matter what anybody says,
especially if the witness has never had a history of such visual phenomena. Most people go through their lives without ever having hallucinated,
especially not when fully awake and aware of their surroundings. I say this for those who like to claim sleep paralysis for any paranormal encounter
that occurs while someone is lying in bed.
The "sleep paralysis" incident I described in another thread, an occurrence that was related to me by my grandmother, happened as soon as she laid
down to go to sleep. I mean immediately after. She felt something scratching on the side of the bed, and there was nothing in the house like animals
that could have done that...So she was going to sit up and reach over to feel what it was, and as soon as she started to sit up something hit her in
the chest and pinned her to the bed. She could not move, and I think she said she prayed and it went away. Her brother made fun of her after she told
him about it the next day, and after that we had come back home, as we were staying at her brother's house. He called her a while later, and in a
very serious tone, told her that the exact same thing happened to him, in the same house. Many strange things occurred in that house, and it is
responsible for the majority of paranormal experiences in my family.
Anyway, the "hat man" entity cannot be attributed to sleep paralysis, and my sister-in-law and her sister are not the only multi-party witnesses to
this particular entity. So neither hallucinations nor sleep paralysis are adequate explanations for eyewitness accounts. I cannot say I blame people
for not believing in certain things, things that have not been proven to exist. I think that if I had never had any paranormal experiences I would
likely still have believed, due to experiences that have been related to me by family members and friends that I trust. I don't believe in UFO's
being alien visitors, but I have learned enough to realize that so many encounter reports cannot be explained by mundane occurrences, thus why I
entertain the possibility. The only other "strange" encounter I've had in my life was with what was obviously a bigfoot. Going back and seeing all
of the sighting reports after my experience really hit home the fact that when there are thousands and even tens of thousands of reports detailing a
certain thing, people should pay attention.
That sighting along changed my views on eyewitness testimonies. Of course a handful of reports detailing an encounter are nothing. They are
statistically insignificant. But when the reports start getting into the thousands, I think people should really pay attention. They need not believe
since the thing is still unproven, but they should not be illogical and fallacious by claiming the possibility is not there. So I do not ask that
non-believers admit that ghosts or bigfoot exists, or anything else, because without proof and without their own experiences they should not believe
wholeheartedly. But I cannot stress enough that they should not claim such things are definitely not occurring. It would be a fallacy for me to say to
someone "prove it doesn't exist," but it would also be fallacious for someone to say to me "it has not been proven to exist, therefore it cannot
or does not exist."