I Want To Believe
Posted 19 October 2013 - 10:29 AM
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 11:58 PM
There is no longer room in my world for doubt and skepticism....i have had some awesome and life changing experiences...so many that I've lost count....and then there are folks like my son in law who have never had one incident and will more than likely never believe....i wish he'd have just one so i could say "told ya"
Posted 24 July 2014 - 07:37 AM
I'm skeptical of peronal experiences, not the existence.
There's nothing like a personal experience to change one's mind, but the skepticism is understandable; it's either faith or experience.
Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:48 PM
I guess it's easier to believe someone is "Nuts" than it is to swallow ones ego and realize that just maybe you might be wrong.I'm not skeptical of experiences since I have had my own.....but i do believe we are in a bit of a ghost hysteria phase in this country....it's socially acceptable now in most circles...and in fact popular.I'd say at least 70% is bogus or misdiagnosed ...for lack of a better word.Suddenly everyone is either a medium or an investigator......and yet who are we to say otherwise. I believe everyone has the potential to be sensitive to the spirit world....but it does take an open mind....and there are some folks who are troubled and dramatic for whatever reason...I try very very hard to keep an open mind about other folks and there beliefs and practices. I remind myself that if Jesus himself walked the earth now....he would probably be treated very poorly indeed..he would'nt dress in the big labels or drive the hottest new car...he'd probably be a total outcast......when i think this...my own judgemental attitude adjusts naturally and I am able to step back and allow each person their voice.If a person seems to really want the experience they may read a lot into it...on the other hand if a person seems to really want the experience...well ...be careful what you wish for because an entity can pick up on that pretty fast. its 6 of one and half a dozen of the other and by golly if It's Jesus I don't want to miss him.
Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:05 PM
I tend to agree, we are hyper-paranormal these days. Too many are willing to jump straight to a paranormal explanation before even attempting to find a rational one. I have been in this field since the mid 1970s and have seen quite a few things that might well be paranormal. But I have seen many more which with a bit of logic can be explained very easily. And I have also seen quite a few people who reject the common explanation simply because they want to believe rather than actually have their mystery debunked. It takes all kinds, and in this field you will find all kinds If one were to try to put some numbers to it, I would say about 90% are explained by common events; 5% can't be explained because the case simply lacks sufficient data or contains facts which seem contradictory. But it's that last 5% that makes it all worth while. Those are the cases which have been analyzed and examined sometimes by multiple investigators and still can't be easily explained. They may not all be paranormal but certainly if any cases truly are it will be some in this 5% group.
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Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:52 AM
I find that to be the case as well, CaveRat. I have had many friends and even my oldest son try to force the issue on the validity of evicence. I had to point out to a photographer/high school friend of mine that the image that he took at a cemetery and shot through a chain link fence was actually matrixing caused by the wire mesh of the fence and the flaking bark of a tree from which an apparition was supposedly protruding. Even though he acknowledged my finding, you could tell in his voice that he wasn't 100% in agreement. So people are going to believe what they want either way (believer or skeptic) and in many cases they won't listen to reason. If the explanation is there, I'm not going to adjust my opinion just to make someone feel good about their finding. If it's real, it's real and enjoy the experience; if it's not, then it's not, so move on and quit forcing the issue.
And then, of course, there are the "I don't know WHAT that was..." moments...
I want evidence to be proven to be the real deal without foresaking the truth.
Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:05 PM
I will admit that I have met some pretty outlandish folks with some pretty farfetched claims. most of these turned out to be so obviously explainable that I was actually embarrassed for them.but there will always be folks who think every knock and bump in the night is a spooky creepy thing......and there will always be folks who think pentagrams are portals and so on and so forth.....to them...at the time..it is real.....and that is why I do take the time to hear these people out. I have never met anyone in this arena who just made up a bunch of nonsense to get me there. I've never met a deliberate fake and hope I never do.I dont do all the bells and whistles for that very reason.I think it is very easy to find a "GHOST" if you go hunting one.The mind wants it's way after all....I think a lot of people are drawn in by the excitement of experiencing something seemingly unnatural....It's just like extreme sports...an adrenaline rush for some.When a person is really frightened and is looking for help...(not validation).....Then I'l consider it.
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