Have you ever wondered if we don’t have as much figured out as we thought? Humanity tends to crave mystery while at the same time being very arrogant in its positions. If there are any doubts about the tinted glasses people see the world through, just spend a few minutes on social media.
In the era of scientific advancements, many things that were ascribed to superstitious causes now have explanations, often rather simple ones. Every day sights and sounds are misidentified and thought to represent something more than they really are.
If someone claims to have an NDE, it is brushed away as merely a chemical hallucination. Did you have a terrible waking dream? That’s sleep paralysis. Have you seen a ghost? There are many answers, it could be pareidolia, sleep depravation, paranoia, or even insanity. What about those cases which something strange and inexplicable happened to someone and simple answers fall short? Skeptics will always be there to have an answer. I get it, superstition is bad, it drives people to place blame on things that have no part in the mysteries of the world.
I’m someone of faith, but I also adhere to mainstream scientific findings. It is sometimes a frustrating position to hold due to both the irreligious and faithful saying I cannot believe X while believing Z. That my friends is called a false dilemma, and it was this false dichotomy that nearly broke me years ago, but I digress. By seeing things through both the lenses of science and faith I believe I inadvertently created a more open mind to both skepticism and the unknown/supernatural. Not all anecdotal stories of mysterious encounters should be believed, however throwing them out entirely is simple thinking as well. The easies way to coast through life is to believe everything or nothing. For me, the fact that there are several consistencies in some of these stories give me pause and wonder if there might indeed be something more to them.
As someone who has had strange encounters myself, it is easy to feel alone and isolated. You feel like you cannot talk with other people and that people will think you are delusional or insane but keeping it inside is sometimes too much. Am I saying change your beliefs? Not necessarily. What I am saying is that sometimes there are no easy clear-cut answers and despite advancements in knowledge we should take care not to grow arrogant.
One of the most unappealing qualities in a person who arrogantly believes he/she is right in most areas and attacks and belittles those who disagree. No one is receptive to that behavior and it is utterly childish, yet on the internet it is so prevalent it has become the norm. Remember, confident folks do not have to go around attempting to embarrass or attack opposite-minded people. A person’s position is much stronger when there is tact. We all need to remember this when discussing and exploring the unknown and mysterious.