It’s a controversial topic whether ghosts exist or not. Many scientist still believe that supernatural things occur while many others still oppose it. However, people like us mostly fear places that appear to be haunted. Places like a dark forest, an abandoned house, a night in a graveyard etc makes us afraid of something unknown. Did you ever bother to ask yourself, why do you fear?
I didn’t ask this to myself either. When thinking about fearing, my mind stumbled upon the answer. We fear because it’s injected into us. In my theory, fear is more like a virus. It can be injected into human being with not-so-strong heart (I wouldn’t say weak). Let me show you an example.
As for myself, if I had never read stories or watched movies that show dark places are threatening, ghosts exist in abandoned houses, there may be evils lurking in the graveyards, then I might never be afraid of these. Seriously. Why do you fear an abandoned house into which no man has stepped for centuries? Even the bravest person will fear to enter such places. They may not show this feeling to you, but they will fear. If we never knew that these places may be haunted, or if we never knew that there is such a word as ‘haunted’, then perhaps we would have never feared any ghostly thing (until they happen, add that).
I did a quick search on Wikipedia and found that they wrote it like this: “People develop specific fears as a result of learning.” And that’s exactly what I have been talking about since the beginning of this post. We learn to fear. If we — during our childhood or later through movies or stories — never learned to fear, we would have never feared. Please understand that I’m only talking about supernatural things here. For example, people will fear of height. People will be afraid of water if they don’t know swimming (myself included). But that’s not my subject. I’m only talking about all things supernatural.
So, the answer to this simple yet complicated question is, you fear because you learn to fear. It maybe wasn’t your will to learn, but you were taught to fear certain things, including a haunted place (you learned the word ‘haunted’ too).
If you’re interested in learning true supernatural stories, you should watch A Haunting on Discovery Channel. The show features reconstruction of actual stories narrated by the people involved in them.
Now, are you thinking why all of a sudden I’m talking about this unusual topic? Well, I will have to tell you later (in the upcoming post). A thing has made me think about this. The thing came with a brilliant concept although apparently it didn’t achieve much popularity; I don’t see why. It’s 3.37 in the morning and I just had my Sehri and I need to sleep now. I will write about that thing as soon as possible. Good night ’til then.
Here’s the link to the next post titled “Super Hybrid (2010)“.