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Things That Go Bump In The Night

by John Whye 2 months ago in urban legend
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Are You A Believer?

Things That Go Bump In The Night
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Do you believe in things that go bump in the night? Do you believe in ghosts, vampires, witches, werewolves, and other creatures of the night? Do you believe in magic, the paranormal, things that cannot be measured by rigid, objective scientific standards?

Do you believe in the subjective reality of those things which everyday science cannot explain? Many people do, and I think they have good reason too.

By their very nature paranormal things, subjective feelings, cannot possibly be measured by cold, precise, mathematical proof. Take astrology, for example. Traditional scientists have long scoffed at this ancient discipline, yet for thousands of years and even up to the present day, adherents to astrology are legion.

The great early 1900s psychologist Carl Jung, a contemporary and friend, though a much younger associate of Sigmund Freud, disagreed with Freud and his Freudian explanations for human behavior and instead used astrology as archetypes to resolve many of his patients’ conflicts.

Jung believed astrology and horoscopes could give the psychologist a better insight into the nature of the problems of his patients. It was a tool he used effectively to diagnose patients throughout his distinguished career.

Carl Jung was a genius and a well-respected man, yet he used the tenets of what is rudely dismissed as a “pseudoscience” by most modern scientists to resolve and better understand his patient’s needs and problems.

He believed that astrology, although it could not be proven by scientific fact-finding methods of verification, then and now, was a valid and useful tool in understanding the inner workings of the human mind.

I think that other so-called paranormal activities are just as real as the use of astrology suggests. Jung believed that our souls interact with this world through the use of archetypal symbols and through dreams.

I fully agree, and it is in the dream world that I believe the other paranormal components of our human minds are enabled to freely roam and make associations, connections, and conclusions.

I believe that ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and all the things that go bump in the night are all very real. I believe they are part of the magical, mystical world cloaked in darkness, deep in the realm of the unconscious that all humans are subject to.

By their very nature, these subjective unconscious feelings cannot be mapped out, measured, and rigidly recorded in the objective manner that modern science uses as its standard modus operandi.

Modern science works out fine for measuring the distance to Tahiti or London from New York for example. Scientific knowledge is essential for manufacturing cars and airplanes and trains, for construction and architecture, and for all the mechanical products of our society.

That is the reality of the everyday, wide-awake world. It is what we base most of our daily lives on, the predictions and proveable results of modern science.

But I strongly believe there is so much more to life than that. Just like an iceberg is 90% underwater, so is human consciousness. I believe that all these paranormal phenomena that objective modern science dismisses out of hand, for lack of scientific proof, are in fact part of the collective unconscious.

They are part of the subjective reality of feelings and shared human experiences over thousands of years. Ghost stories, demons, demonic possession, mental telepathy, premonitions, witches, werewolves, and vampires, are a staple of many people’s lives.

I also completely believe that these so-called paranormal events and creatures and the worlds or dimensions they inhabit are just as real and just as much a part of the subjective reality as the everyday awake, working world is based on objectivity.

The reality of objective science, of the tangible, fact-based daily reality most people blithely accept is not all that there is in the world. The collective unconscious and memories of everyday people from all cultures and all countries throughout history cannot be denied.

There is ample proof that there are some things, lurking in the shadows, hidden by the night, cloaked in the darkness, that cannot otherwise be explained. Things that go bump in the night are not easily explained, but they are very, very real on a different plane of consciousness.

It is like all these paranormal items, subjective as they are, can be accessed like a channel on your television cable system. Just because you do not choose to watch that particular channel does not mean that it does not exist, or that there is no activity on that channel.

In fact, most people live their lives and consciously choose to never tune in to that particular channel, scoffing at its very existence. But that flies in the face of all the unexplained phenomena that have plagued, excited, and intrigued humanity for centuries.

Just because something cannot be explained by the analytic methods of modern science with its reliance on facts and figures and weights and measurements and theorems and proofs does not mean it does not exist.

I am a firm believer that it does in fact exist. It just exists in another dimension than in everyday life.

You cannot prove or disprove a subjective element of life through objective methods and analysis. The two systems of belief, objective vs subjective, are diametrically opposed and can never be reconciled. They don’t need to be.

It is like, in religion, some things can not be proven but must be taken and accepted on the basis of faith, which is part of the subjective reality of life. Few people question faith-based assumptions in their daily lives and religions.

As William Shakespeare once famously said to a friend: “There are more things on heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

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John Whye

Retired hippie blogger, Bay Area sports enthusiast, Pisces, music lover, songwriter...

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