November 17, 2012

Proof Of Ghosts

Now, I should start this article off with a disclaimer: I believe in the existence of ghosts. I do not know absolutely that they exist, nor do I have proof of ghosts, but I do believe that there can be something left after death. I just have faith. Just based on the litany of ghost-related television series, I would say that I am not alone in that belief. The problem, though, is that I do not have proof, and these television series do not provide enough undeniable proof because they are on tv. Skeptics use that to question the reliability and validity of the shows.

I get that. I, too, find myself questioning these shows. I mean, television crews have serious special effect capabilities at their disposal, so how can these shows really be taken seriously? Furthermore, the media influences our beliefs and ideas on ghost. April Flowers’ article on redOrbit supports this idea. People believed in the paranormal based on how the media presented the information. The simple truth is that neither television nor the media can prove the existence of ghosts. However, they can spark an interest in people to research and find proof of ghosts on their own.

When doing that, most search engines will bring up several websites that have pictures that seemingly have proof of ghosts. Still, even these have questionable reliability because perhaps they were doctored up to look like ghosts, right? So, their reliability is shot at least for those who do not believe in the existence of ghosts. For those of us who do believe that ghosts exist, these provide the proof of ghosts we desire. But even we can understand why they wouldn’t be seen as reliable by the doubting Thomases and Thomasinas.

Some websites even discuss how Einstein left room to provide proof of ghosts. The thought is that Einstein’s laws of the conservation of energy provide some proof of ghosts and other questionable entities. This is more compelling, but the evidence these life’s mysteries websites deliver does not provide absolute proof of ghosts. They do show a correlation or at least a speculation, but not proof.

Other websites discuss current-day scientists and their proof of ghosts. The truth, though, is that none of this absolutely proves the existence of ghosts. All of this provides support, but doubters always question why ghosts aren’t visible all of the time, to everyone. And I can’t say that I have an answer. All I know is that I have had enough bizarro, spooky experiences with the paranormal that I can’t deny that something can happen. I do not have proof of ghosts, but I do have my own beliefs about them. Perhaps one day scientists will figure ghosts out, and all will see proof of their existence. Until then, though, websites and television and communications will touch on whether or not ghosts are real.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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