reply to post by mysteryskeptic
Mysteryskeptic's entirely relevant comment made me muse so I'll bore some by writing those musings.
One weird thing about "paranormal" stuff is most people never see, or otherwise experience, a thing... although I tend to think most everyone
actually does, but they're good at blowing it off as something else... and I mean relatively routine things like sometimes knowing when the phone
will ring or who's calling before looking.
The impulse to convince "skeptics" comes from the realization that the world is far more than it seems and death might not be an end, and since most
folks fear death, offering some comfort and sharing one's discovery of a larger world seems the right thing to do...though I guess continued
existence doesn't comfort some people.
Before I lived in a "disturbed" rental, I never believed in spirits... and really, I still don't know what they are or if they exist as people
think they do... but I now know, as opposed to believe, that something without a physical body can interact with this world on occasion... and they
seem to be at least partly recognizable as intelligent in their actions... but there's little I can do to convince others (or not be perceived as a
But this knowledge begs many questions.
The spirits, or whatever they are, avoid recording devices (which, with other things, leads me to conclude that they're able to "read minds").
Since their actions indicate they crave attention, but don't usually allow recordings, then there may be some "rules" in place about proof of their
existence to us living folks, and that also points to something to enforce those rules. Which is weird, or weirder than the idea ghosts exist in the
Also, it is sobering that some of these entities seem not to know they are dead. If this is true, then that says volumes about our state of being in
that death must not be so very different (or conditional on our expectations or mental constructs).
But conversely, if they don't know they are dead how, or why, are they avoiding being recorded and how do they explain to themselves walking on the
roof under the stars one moment and bumping into furniture inside "their" house the next?
Another question that bothers me is why would something without a body be confined to a certain physical space? I'm aware of the theories proposed by
some people who claim psychic abilities and thus direct knowledge, like they are emotionally fixated on the place, but that seems so one dimensional,
like the entities are shadows of their former selves.
That one dimensionality brings to mind some ancient beliefs (Egyptian for example) about humans being made up of multiple aspects that split up at
death, which would mean that we do cease being as complex as what we were during this life.
An easy answer to these contradictions would be it's all b.s. But, to some of us anyway, it isn't that easy.
The knowledge of the reality of some paranormal events brings more frustrating questions about our collective condition than answers... and some of
the ideas aren't comfortable... but questions lead to answers.