posted on Mar, 8 2007 @ 04:37 PM
At the risk of appearing to labour this topic to death, I'll take the opportunity to mention Charles Bonnet 'syndrome' or 'condition' once more.
There are numerous online sources, all differing somewhat. It afflicts the sight-impaired quite often, apparently. The least contorted versions (to
my mind) state simply that small creatures which strongly resemble 'pixies', 'gnomes' 'elves' (and I guess that includes leprechauns) of myth
and legend (and more recently 'fairy stories' and New Age renderings) are SEEN by otherwise demonstrably sane and balanced individuals of all
ages. The common feature of the sightings is that many of the claimed witnesses are sight-impaired to one degree or another.
I've noticed lately within the sources I've accessed that 'doctors' and other 'experts' are keen for us to believe and accept that these
gnome/pixie/leprechaun sightings are 'hallucinations' created by the eye & mind due to sensory deprivation within the sight-impaired
witnesses. Something along those lines, with the unwritten subtext implying that these gnome/leprechaun/elf-whatever creatures " do not exist
folks, that's all, move along thanks, nothing to see here ".
And that's fine: we respect the right of people and doctors/experts to discount things they've never seen and which they therefore have no reason at
all to accept as true (whilst perhaps bearing in mind that doctors/experts literally kill many tens of thousands of folk per annum via prescription
drugs to which they sign their name in good faith).
A 'little bit of accepted truth' goes a long way to granting credibility to whatever claim. We've been assured that the mind does create
its own reality when deprived of sensory input, as in floatation tanks, isolation cells, etc. It thus seems to make sense that the minds of
sight-impaired folk would manufacture visions/hallucination to what .... keep them entertained ?
So we read the doctors'/experts' theories (opinions) re: Charles Bonnet syndrome and think to ourselves: ' Oh. Ok. That must be all there is to
it: just old people believing they're seeing gnomes/elves/leprechauns or whatever because their minds are churning out this stuff in leiu of their
having anything 'real' to look at. Riiight. Guess that's all these little-people sightings consist of then: fabricated images.' This seems
a logical explanation for creatures that few would believe in anyway and it's easy to close the door on the phenomenon.
But before discounting it entirely, why not pause a moment to ask why the minds of so many sight-impaired individuals would elect to
'manufacture' the same thing? Because that's a valid question. Of all the improbable creatures/scenarios available to the ever-inventive, fertile
human mind, why should these smaller-than-human-sized, gnomes/elves/leprechauns/little-people feature so regularly within these alleged
hallucinations/visions? Why not unicorns? Why not dinasaurs? Why not vanilla milk-shakes or crackling-fires or any other of the millions of
As well, Charles Bonnet afflicts the sight-impaired: those with some degree of 'blindness', which implies they possess some level of sight,
be it peripheral or whatever. And you'll notice that the doctors/experts/researchers invariably stress that these sight-impaired individuals are
of sound mind: they are not suffering senile dementia or altheimers or other mental deterioration or disease. In short: they're at least as sane
and intelligent as those in these forums.
So that's one group of folk who claim to 'see' gnomes/leprechauns.
Another group who claim to see the same smallish creatures/entities are children. Maybe, like me, you don't automatically discount all claims
made by children? And the same rationale applies: why would so many children from all over the world, claim to have seen the same group of
A reading of various paranormal and cryptozoological forums will produce for you a substantial number of posts in which the poster states (often
simply in passing and often only briefly) that they -- and often their siblings -- saw/witnessed small creatures/entities 'that looked like elves
or gnomes' when they were young. Often these experiences are recounted reluctantly or only when they feel they've established reasonable
credibility within the forum sufficient to withstand the expected ridicule. So much easier to post an account of a 'creepy' experience involving
Yet these people -- when they are prepared to reveal their little-people experiences, are quite specific:- they claim they saw 'little
people' and (usually) the experience filled them with dread and terror, despite that elves/gnomes etc. are generally portrayed in children's
books/films/illustrations, etc. as 'sweet', 'cute', 'helpful', 'magical', etc.
So the personal, real-life experiences run contrary to what children have been encouraged/programmed to expect ! (and here we might wonder
WHY children are encouraged to regard gnomes/elves/leprechauns/little people as 'benevolent, kindly earth spirits' etc. ?)
Then there are the Celtic peoples' long-standing belief in (and fear of !) the 'wee folk' aka: little-people, leprechauns, gnomes, elves, faery.
If you read a brief history of the Celts and their decendents of today, do you find anything to suggest they had such an easy life that they had time
to 'invent' the 'wee folk' of legend and myth ? Does starving and slaving and warring in severe climates and environments sound like a piece of
cake? Does anyone imagine that a Highland or Irish farmer took time out from digging peat, walking dozens of miles a day in snow and sleet, digging
frozen potatoes from the ground to make gruel in a tiny stone cottage USUALLY lend itself to stealing precious sleep-time in order to
INVENT a race of small-people plus voluminious lore and advice re: how to survive the ravages of such little people ?
And WHY would they choose to invent 'little people'? Why not 'cloud people' or 'tree dogs'?
Why did the Native Americans know of & fear the same little-people?
Why did the Hawaiians and Icelandics and Europeans and South Americans ALSO know about & fear these little-people entities?
Maybe because these creatures DO exist
[edit on 8-3-2007 by Dock6]