Can't We All Just Get Along?
I touched on this subject briefly in a previous blog entry.Today because of shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, and Paranormal State there are a plethora of Paranormal Groups. So to this we have thanks to give. We also have a big- WHY?
Now Im going on a limb here to assume the reason most of us got into this field is to either prove or disprove the supernatural. Well there doesnt seem to be a lot of proving or disproving these days. These shows have given birth to the assumption based method.
Here is the definition in my own terms:
Assumption Method- Investigative means and "evidence" gathered that is derived from unproven techniques and methods to detect the paranormal.
We assume that ghosts change EMFs, leave messages on our recorders, appear as orbs, are cold spots, etc. People watch these shows and think that everything they see on them is correct and totally accurate. When they actually get to go on an investigation they're surprised to find out that this is sometimes like watching paint dry.
To answer another of the WHY? statements, take Twitter for example. If you follow groups, and even TV shows no one discusses breakthroughs or ways to further the research of the paranormal along. Instead what you find is really disappointing-Everyone is on trying to pimp their next video, or product for sale. Most of these TV shows wont even respond unless your asking about a product or telling them how much you love them (muah). Its almost like this has turned into the race to secure the next TV deal or book deal. Even the groups who have created new equipment, ways to investigate or have made a breakthrough won't share with you. How are we supposed to do this? Its almost like this is clan versus clan for utter survival. Where did we go wrong?
I had an experience with this first hand the other day, when trying to keep in touch with ex members who decided to start their own group. In the interest of keeping the AZ Paranormal Community together as much as possible, I offered link exchanges, and maybe some info exchange. As a response I got the old cold shoulder and you have your group and we have ours old mentality.
The only way that the Paranormal is going to be explained is if we the Paranormal Community band together and get passed the 'Mine Get Your Own' Category. Information sharing is how things are done. Someone from another State may see something you've started from another perspective and BOOM we have a massive breakthrough. Please everyone get beyond the TV and Book Deals and remind yourselves why we got into this in the first place. We shouldn't even have to have groups, let alone groups fighting with each other. Can't We All Just Get Along?
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