Over the last two podcasts we have covered conspiracies and the paranormal, both topics of which I am extremely skeptical, but also have incredible interest. These are subjects dealing with the unknown, and how we as humans fill that void of the unknown with theories of explanation. Some theories are far fetched to say the least, and they are an attempt to explain what has no explanation or the given explanation is not acceptable or feels incomplete.
Curiosity is part of human nature and I love a good mystery, which is why I think these stories attract so much attention. People also want to believe in something, they have a desire for there to be more to life than what is on the surface. This is why shows like The X-Files were on for nine seasons, and people were so into LOST, or Stephen King books or a plethora of other books, shows, and movies for that matter. A good “hook” in a story will capture the viewers attention and if woven in with enough believable situations it has the potential to thoroughly entertain and open the imagination. Entertainment can be a wonderful distraction, but what about real life? How does this relate to the real world and how we perceive it?
How about we treat the conspiracy theories and ghost stories they way we do good entertainment? Enjoy them for their imaginative qualities and let them provoke thoughts and discussions and have discourse about them with our peers, and yet keep an open mind and ask questions and think critically about these tales. That hint of doubt, no matter how small, is what keeps us interested, but I don’t think we should perpetuate myths when they have run their course and have no evidence.
My advice is to not believe everything you hear, but don’t automatically dis-believe it either.