Do you believe in ghosts? I don’t. I was raised in a Christian home, and grew up going to a Baptist church, so I learned early on that when you die, you take the escalator up or down...you don’t wait around to take care of unfinished business.
And as an adult, I have given that premise careful consideration, and it makes sense to me. There has never been any concrete proof of the existence of ghosts. None.
Oh, there have been photos, which have been proven to be phony. There are videos, which you can watch and figure out what’s really going on – and there’s never really any apparition, just a shadow or some other movement. And those photos with orbs? It’s been proven time and time again that when the light hits dust particles, they appear as round balls of light.
Whatever you believe, you have to admit, those shows where they “chase” ghosts are pretty dang funny. Grown folks chasing Casper. That’s entertainment right there, I don’t care who you are.
I like to watch these shows. I secretly am always hoping they will actually catch a ghost. They never do.
There’s one show called “TAPS,” which stands for The Atlantic Paranormal Society. These guys go into homes or museums or old jails or whatever – places that are supposedly haunted. They spend the night, with the lights off (oooh scary) with cameras and digital recorders running, hoping to “catch something.”
Almost without fail, at the end of their “investigation,” they have some sort of recorded gibberish that you could interpret as saying things like, “get out” or “help me.” But it could also be interpreted in a million other ways. It’s all very subjective.
Sometimes they will catch something on video – shadows, movements and the like. But hello...the lights are out! Of course the shadows are going to play tricks on your eyes.
My favorite part is when they think they hear, see or feel something. Their senses are heightened because of the situation, and their adrenalin is pumping. They may really believe they have seen or heard something, even felt something touch them. But it’s all an adrenalin rush in my opinion.
At the end of every single show, they meet with the owner of the property and tell them just about the same thinng. “We didn’t find anything conclusive. We can’t say for sure this place is haunted.”
To be fair, I have seen a couple of episodes where they felt they had enough captured voices or video to say the place “may be” haunted. May be haunted. Go figure.
Another one of these shows is “Ghost Adventures.” I love this one. The host of this show, Zak Bagans, taunts and yells at the ghosts, trying to draw them out. His commentary is hysterical...because he’s serious. Dead serious. (Pun intended.)
Whatever your belief, you have to admit, these things are entertaining. But I just can’t buy into it.
I’m willing to admit I’m wrong. If I ever actually see a ghost, I plan to sit down with it and interview it. You know, ask what the afterlife is like, get a few good quotes...do a nice feature story. I may even take some photos and post them on Facebook. You know, me and the ghost, arm in arm, grinning for the camera.
Until that happens, I am a confirmed unbeliever. I will however, keep watching these shows. Because hope lives on.
You may reach Angye Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.