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Many people dearly want to have a true, ghostly encounter… something they can be sure is genuine.
They’re hoping to see or sense “a real ghost,” perhaps just once.
After all, that’s why most people attend ghost hunting events, and why some go on ghost tours.
But then, the reality of encountering a ghost… it can be unsettling. Even terrifying.
Today, many people look at ghost hunting as entertainment.
That’s partly because movies and TV shows seem to have categorized them as such. As if “a good scare” is kind of fun, and – like TV – one can change the channel and cut short the experience at any time.
Real life is different, especially when something ghostly (or worse, a sinister spirit) actually shows up.
When it’s something sentient, perhaps actually in command of the experience… ghost hunting can be terrifying. Even the most stalwart ghost hunters will admit that.
I sometimes wonder how many of us start by debunking the investigation site, to postpone the reality of dealing with actual entities, good or bad.
Yes, ghosts may seem relatively powerless.
But even the ability to manifest – affecting one or more of our senses – suggests they’re more powerful than even they may realize.
There are no known limits to what a disembodied spirit can do.
When we talk about ghost hunting or portray it as entertainment, let’s not forget the impact of the encounter, especially on those unprepared for it.