Façades posed as facts

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before; when you’re out in public and there are a lot of people around, 1 in every 8 of those people is a ghost.  Oh, here’s another one; if you’re dreaming of someone there’s an 80% chance they’re also dreaming of you.  The question I ask myself is, do people actually believe these “facts” because they read them on the internet?  Heck, because they read them anywhere?  How would anyone know that every 8th person out in a crowded public place, is actually a spirit.  Not only that, but how would anyone be able to measure that posed “fact” scientifically, so it can be proven, and then presented as an authentic “fact”?  If any of that was possible the impact on the community of paranormal would be mind boggling and earth shattering.  And honestly, the same goes with the second “fact”, that you’re likely in someone else’s dream when they’re in yours.  Really.  I mean. Really.  How in the heck would anyone be able to prove this is the case?  The human mind is a mystery unlike any other; the mere notion that there are people who feel it’s a possibility to meet up with someone in their dreams is almost as mysterious.

The point to be made through this blog entry is this – The community of paranormal is loaded with lots of good people who desire to do good things for paranormal, in general.  There may be a large percentage among them who are misguided and who accidentally bring negative consequences to those they serve, or serve with, but for the most part, that’s not intentional.  However, there are many, many, people among us, participating in the field paranormal because it’s a safe haven for those whose background histories preclude their involvement with other reputable organizations outside of paranormal.  They hide behind the protective façade paranormal presents to them, and to outsiders.  These people sell an image simply, and quite cheaply, procured through the ease of social networking.  And by riding on the coat tails of the term “paranormal unity” they let peer groups shield off any warnings about their presence among us, by identifying those who attempt to protect the field of paranormal, from the oftentimes – authentically ‘criminal’ histories of these individuals, as “bullies”.   Like the two initial “facts” written above, they are accepted at face value.  In paranormal, everyone is accepted at face value and those who challenge this wayward idealism are chastised.  It’s a flaw among those with good hearts and positive intentions – they’re usually the first to be taken advantage of.

To elaborate on why paranormal is a façade:  First, it’s an entirely volunteer community, so right off the bat anyone who takes part in it is very likely considered to be doing so out of the goodness of their heart.  The psychological mentality that comes along with this can be quite powerful.  Second, and of paramount importance, the community of paranormal is fraught with self idolatry.  People, literally, tell other people how to view them as a public figure – regardless if they’re a public figure, or not.  The bigger picture is, in a large percentage of cases neither the person posing as a public figure, nor their audience, actually know each other in real life.  As a result, if someone posts some really fantastic pictures of themselves and then tells people who don’t know them, just how wonderful they are, the natural inclination for a majority of their audience-base is to believe what they see.  The ones who don’t believe won’t generally stick around to challenge the poser, unless they have a personal reason to do so – which, an overwhelming majority simply don’t, or won’t.  Most people connected on Facebook in the field of paranormal simply do not know each other in real life.  So a poser, in paranormal, is performing for an audience of people with no vested interest in this person’s success or failures, because they won’t personally suffer the consequences of anything this person does should harm come from their actions.

In short, paranormal is a perfect place to hide out, and a great place to garner positive, ego boosting compliments to one’s image, publicly.  By having image-boosting praise publicly available for consumption, therein lies the crux of the façade – because behind the façade lay many unflattering truths.  The first of which is, the bulk of this praise originates from people who really have no idea who this person is in real life.  Even if they meet at a “convention” for a day every other month, they still have absolutely no idea who this person is or how they ‘really’ operate in real life.

Façades posed as facts.  It’s a scenario most people aren’t too concerned with, and this is how predators predate and victims are targeted.

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