Ghost Hunting and Skepticism

Childhood Memories

I can’t deny it, there was once a time when I enjoyed watching people run around abandoned prisons with GoPro’s strapped to their heads and the camera capturing it all in night vision. Shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures were nighttime and Halloween staples for me and my sister growing up. Creepy noises accompanied by shrieks of terror set the mood perfectly. I was recently watching an episode this past weekend and I found myself feeling annoyed. This type of show that once invoked fear and excitement in me only made me try to disprove every bit of “evidence” they presented the viewer, and cringe a lot too.

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Question Everything

I am a perpetual skeptic. Sometimes it can get on the nerves of my loved ones, but I like who I am. I like that I don’t take everything at face value. From the time I was a young child in religion class or being taught day-to-day life by my parents, I can remember questioning things. Being an individual is an important part of my identity. I am a big proponent of not following a crowd. I don’t mean you have to stand out, I mean ask yourself why you do anything. “Am I trying to fit in and be a part of something or do I genuinely like what I’m doing? Am I thinking for myself?” Being that type of person, it can be frustrating when people are adamant about something that cannot be backed with scientific facts.

I understand the comfort and necessity of faith whether with religion or anything else. Believing in something giving you purpose makes life feel meaningful. This is the reason why I am not an Atheist. There is no proof of a higher being, but there is no way to disprove in either. My motto is to believe in the possibility of anything and don’t be afraid to have your mind changed.

Present Evidence

With most of these shows about ghost hunting, there is little attempt at explaining what may be causing creepy noises or cold spots. I often hear people say “there’s nothing that could possibly cause this, it’s evidence of paranormal activity.” This article from Newsweek talks about “paranormal investigators” who employ scientific methods when investigating haunting cases. Often, there are legitimate reasons, other than ghosts, for creepy things occurring in your home.

I guess this post is more about having facts or evidence to back up any arguments and beliefs you may have. In general, it feels like many people stick to beliefs they were taught because that is what was always told to them to be true. If you are one of those people, all I ask is for is to be open to other ideas and ways of thinking. More conversations and less disagreements sound more fun to me.

Entertainment Over Everything

While I can’t help but laugh at shows that push “real” ghost-hunting as the premise, I understand their purpose and can enjoy it as a novelty. I just wish they all went for a scientific approach. Paranormal shows and reality television in general feel stale at this point but they have solidified their place I don’t see them going away ever. I hope that someone out there is willing to be themselves and go against the grain to create something original and entertaining.

Don’t be afraid to express your thoughts, more people agree with you than you think.

The Magic of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

15 and Counting

Everyone’s second favorite show about nothing has premiered December 1st on FXX and Hulu. Season 15 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia began and I am finding myself laughing out loud as much as seasons past. While there are still episodes that miss the mark somewhat, no show can be perfect. When an episode does miss the mark, it’s usually because they are trying out new ideas, which, in my opinion, is forgivable. That is what keeps things fresh in a series that premiered over 15 years ago. Of course, they keep producing Lethal Weapon remakes, but it’s in their personalities to not learn from past mistakes or realize that ABSOLUTELY NOBODY wants to watch their films.

Their characters continue to devolve and stay as hardheaded and stuck in their beliefs as other seasons. It’s a big reason why I love the show so much and why other shows like Seinfeld and South Park are successful to this day. It is much more fun for shows to go against the traditional idea of character development and keep them unlikeable but somehow still loveable at the same time.

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South Park and Sunny are similar in the way that they keep up with the times. They have mentions or entire episodes focused on topics that are in the news. Things like politics or Covid. I couldn’t help but wonder what they were up to during quarantine or how they handled the election (If you haven’t watched episode 1, it was exactly how you think they would). Much like Cartman, whenever the gang does something seemingly nice, there are usually some ulterior motives, and I love it.

Hate to Love Them

The characters in It’s Always Sunny are still unbearable narcissists that I, somehow, can’t get enough of. When I mentioned that there was no character development, that’s not entirely true. It’s more of a devolution. We definitely have gotten deeper understandings of each character throughout each season. During each episode you can see moments of Dee’s attempts at comedy, Dennis’ serial killer mentality, Charlie’s illiteracy, Mac’s sexuality, and Frank’s shady business moves. The fact that they are not forced and seem to fit in seamlessly into each episode keep things consistent and fun to watch.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is my favorite series of all time. It’s a show that continues to deliver a product that fans enjoy. While I don’t want it to ever end, I know that day will come, and sooner rather than later at this point. The show and it’s cast and characters will live with me forever. So I’m going to savor each and every season that we get from here on out.

In the meantime… Let’s pull up our bootstraps, oil up a couple of a***s, and do a little plowing of our own.

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