posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 12:53 AM
Recently, I have begun to ponder the question of why we do not see evidence of constant, repeated contact from the spirits of the dead. Assuming that
an afterlife does indeed exist in one form or another, and further assuming that our personalities are not radically altered upon entering such a
realm, it is reasonable to assume that the dead would often want to contact their loved ones who remain alive, to reassure them that they still exist
and to comfort them in their grief. Whilst it is true that instances of ghosts or spirits doing just this have been reported throughout history, it
occurs to me that such accounts happen too infrequently to constitute genuine evidence. This is further compounded by the fact that most such accounts
lack any form of tangible evidence. It also occurs to me that, given how many people die unwillingly each day, we should realistically see far more
evidence of contact between the dead and their living family and friends. This has led me to posit a number of inferences:
The Dead Are Unable To Communicate With The Living
The fact that we do not see continuous evidence of the deceased making contact with the living may imply that they are unable to do so, for whatever
reason. This in turn suggests two possibilities: that there is no afterlife for the dead to reach out from, or that some force in the afterlife acts
upon the dead to prevent them from establishing contact with the living.
The Dead Are Unwilling To Communicate With The Living
Another reason why the dead seemingly remain silent may be that they do not wish to communicate with the living. This implies either that they exist
in an idyllic state in which they have no desire to contact the living or that, upon dying, their personalities are altered so that they no longer
feel the need to comfort their living loved ones. This is touched upon more in the following point, but in order to accept that the dead do not wish
to contact their living relatives, we must assume that this is true for the overwhelming majority of the deceased. If it were otherwise, we would
presumably see a far greater volume of contact occurring between the dead and the living than we do at present.
The Dead Have A Different Mindset Than The Living
I have also considered the possibility that, when one dies, their very way of thinking may be altered in the process. Lacking a physical body and
therefore a physical brain, might not the way we perceive and think about the world be altered to a significant extent? Perhaps, as some have said,
the dead are unaware of what has happened to them. Perhaps time is altered for them, so that they do not consider the passing grief of their loved
ones on Earth. Or perhaps their thinking and state of being is so far removed from our concepts of them that the issue of contact is completely
irrelevant to them.
They Are Communicating But We Cannot See It
The final inference is that the dead are attempting to communicate, but we are unable to experience the results of their efforts. Perhaps the dead
stand all about us clamouring for our attention but we are blind to their attempts at communication.
These inferences are naturally dependant upon the realisation that consistent contact between the dead and the living is not taking place, at least
not on the vast scale that I believe it should be were the dead actually able or willing to communicate. Others will disagree with this, and with many
of the issues I have raised, and that is great. I am eager to hear a range of different opinions on my thoughts and people’s arguments as to why
they agree or disagree with any or all of them.