This has bothered me for the longest time. I have put forth this arguement before, and I am expecting the usual banter in return to this, but understand what I am saying. I'll start with the end, because I'm different like that.
The difference: Respect for the living and the science.
People who are ghosthunters "hunt" for ghosts. First, a few of the predominant definitons for hunt 1.To pursue (game) for food or sport 2.To pursue intensively so as to capture or kill 3.To drive out forcibly, especially by harassing; chase away So when looking at these definitions, what is a ghost hunter? Second, the majority of ghost hunters....what is your goal? To see, or to expereince, or to photograph, or to redord audio of a ghost. What happens when you go into a place and things get really bad? Most ghosthunters "cut and run". Like one of TAPS' motto, "Dude...Run!!!" This shows a total disrespect for the people who are living on the premises.
Now for the science...there are many many groups out there who take this serious. We are trying to further the science, to prove what we have witnessed with our own eyes. We are curious by nature, and we seek truth. Ghosthunters....just want the thrill of seeing or recording in some way a ghost.
In my opinion, ghost hunters are equivalant to hobby hunters. "Let's go see a ghost!!" Let's go to this graveyard and get some cool pictures and make a lot of money!!!"
If you take what you do seriously...please...for the rest of us...stop calling yourself a ghost hunter. Take the step up to the next level and be a researcher. Further the science. SEEK TRUTH!!!
You've only seemed to of used the definition of a hunter in your opinion and left out the definition of a ghost...GHOST
Soul, Spirit, Demon, is in the dictionary.
Ghosthunters research all, Inhuman, Spirits & Demons, not just ghost as people may think, ghost means Soul, Spirit & Demon, we all are seeking the truth in our own ways, some just do it different then others, as to why there's such an argument, well its because people with this kind of attitude who think everyone should follow their opinions or suggestions or they are less then, or below ones standards, this kind of mind frame doesn't say much for being a leader, other then they are being judgmental, that would be like saying everyone in fact aren't any good unless they are called a researcher, not all people call themselves a researcher, it really doesn't matter what a group calls themselves, as long as we're all in the same field, researching,ghosthunting the truth is all that matters. Some people seem to have a harder time taking ghosthunters seriously.
Ghost Hunters DO NOT
just do it for the sport, to me that's just being down right opinionated, and dose not hold up as truth, A researcher only acts upon a scientific fact from what I've read in your opinion & not a ghosthunter, which is a false statement, Ghosthunters DO
take their work seriously just as much as someone who calls themselves a researcher,"there is the meaning of Ghost in the dictionary, so that it hasn't been left it out in any argument, you may see that we deal with all of the paranormal in this field, other then something small, and we do collect evidence for facts, for the same scientific reason others do. We all want proof to show everyone it's out there it exist. My point
is there are ghosthunters who do take this seriously & the name has nothing to do with to do with this. Nor dose it mean that a ghosthunter is below someone who calls themselves a researcher. It only means that a ghosthunter's name isn't clear unless one reads what their protocols are, then again, someone could take the word researcher as a scientific point of view, when scientist try to disprove that paranormal doesn't exist, unless then again, reading their protocols.
Another thing is, our investigation team doesn't charge for any investigation. You've seem to put everyone in your own little box so to speak, when everyone has their own protocols.