Ghosts and Goobledegooks

Reads: 72  | Likes: 2  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 2

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite


I watched a video about a guy who wanted to show that ghosts exist... there's a lot to belief.

Ghosts… and Gobbledegooks

 

A friend of mine sent me a video of a guy explaining why he believes in ghosts, so I watched it hoping I might learn something. I have to admit, and a few will already know, I’m a sceptic, which is why my friend sent it to me, because he’s a sceptic too. The guy in the video pointed out that science, until recently, didn’t believe in krakens, the mythological name for giant squid… well in the 4th century BC Aristotle described them, so did Pliny the Elder in the 1st century AD, in fact he said its arms were thirty feet long! My old mate, Carl Linnaeus, the guy who gave everything in nature Latin botanical names in his writings of 1735, he recognised them as kraken. So they guy thought it was fair to say, ghosts are yet to be scientifically described. 

The guys said he’s seen a few ghosts, the first was when he was eleven years old. It was night and he said it wasn’t raining or foggy when he saw this ghost, an eight feet tall woman in Victorian nightgown and he was scared. But then he said it wasn’t clear because there was mist and drizzle. Why wouldn’t anyone be sceptical after hearing a story like that?

I’ve worked with nature all my life and I’ve seen my share of dead people and dead animals, so I believe in natural laws of logic, and I’m interested in the why’s and how’s. I’ve often written that I’m left handed and therefore more attuned to logic than right handers… which is a myth but it usually supports my arguments. So using logic, I would ask, ‘What is a ghost?’ and the logical response would be, ‘A spirt.’ Ok, without defining ‘spirit’, which isn’t possible in terms of natural law, although the Hebrew word means wind… I’m sure wind exists. My next question is, ‘Why do spirits need clothes?’ Closely followed by, ‘How do clothes become ghostly?’ Ghost clothing doesn’t seem at all logical to me, yet all the ghosts I’ve heard of have clothes.

I once stalked a stag with a perfect head (of antlers) for two hours, only to find it was a seed-head of speargrass, which was unlike a deer. A man was shot while walking along a beach I know on a clear, sunny morning. He was wearing blue overalls, the .243 rifle had a powerful telescopic sights and the distance was less than one hundred metres. Buck fever. Sometimes our sight deceives us and we see what our brain thinks we want to see… especially when we see something where it isn’t clear, so our good old brain makes something up, so we ‘see’… maybe a ghost. What are dreams other than the brain making something up? My mate, Albert sees UFO’s every now and then… which aren’t too dissimilar to ghosts when you think about it. And then there’s peripheral vision. As I type this, over the fence there’s a trampoline, the safety shade cloth, flaps in the wind and every now and then, I catch a flicker and visualise my neighbour walking by – if it were so my neighbour would need to be seven feet tall!

Over the years in the workplace, I’ve accused the night goblins of getting into mischief, because things weren’t the same in the morning as when we left them at night. No, I never believed in goblins either… I was joking with my workers, but things did change overnight and for many reasons. Mostly it was people, sometimes animals and sometimes there were infrastructure failings. Nothing to do with gobbledegooks. My sister-in-law had a glass rack of three globes each with a wick in them, they were filled with oil. It was some smelly, burning, therapy thing. On warm days it mysteriously moved across the table it was sitting on. With the heat of the day, oil came up the wick, flowed down the globe onto the glass table allowing the unit to slip silently across the table, no mystery. During my time in Tanzania, I saw several people who was possessed by demons or had a curse put on them… this was fair dinkum real, and the people were badly afflicted. The cause though was either someone had gotten into their head… which is easy to do for those who believe in this sort of stuff, or sometimes a drug of some kind was secretly administered, and some of those potions are unsurvivable. The effect wasn’t ever like you see in movies… more like Covid 19… But it was well-known that staunch praying got rid of the demons, so it usually worked. And I’ve seen how protective totems work… or don’t.

Discussing ghosts, or even gobbledegooks brings us close to religion… a fairly contentious subject, and I don’t wish to offend. Most religions are based on faith… and sure I have faith that the sun and moon will rise and set, and the tides will come in and out, but my trust in people or if seeds will grow or if I can complete this project, comes down to a calculated opinion. Religious faith is largely based on the writings and experiences of long-gone people living through difficult times, and many experiences were written up a hundred years or so after the event and later translated. But in this day and age, if those experiences were purported to happen today, the teller would receive some quizzical looks. The promise religions make is that if you toe the line, eternity will welcome you… but there’s no logic to heaven or hell, only faith.

There’s a plant from Mexico, Salvia divinorum, commonly called seer’s sage, this plant has psychoactive properties, in other words, if consumed as a tea, chewed or smoked, it causes hallucinations. By doing so, Mazatec sharmen communicated with their gods. Datura has similar properties and is endemic to the Americas as well as Asia (at least). The Mayans sacrificed thousands of people, including babies, to either please or to appease their gods, their sharmen utilised those plants prior to their little chats that led to the killings. Certain fungi also have the same effect, including the spores of some puffballs.

I read Doris Stokes’ Voices in My Ear, after a discussion with my sister, she gave me the book. Stokes was a British spiritualist and medium. One piece I remember from the book was about a séance, where smoke came out of someone’s nostril, swirled around the room and left a red rose on someone’s lap… with dew still on it. There’s no logical explanation for that! Stokes was immensely popular and sold out shows and performances around the world… after her death, she was found to be a fraud.

Good luck to those who believe, but I’ll stick with my logic.


Submitted: June 29, 2021

© Copyright 2021 moa rider. All rights reserved.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Add Your Comments:

Comments

Bert Broomberg

Nice essays. It made me think of the experience I had yesterday. We have this clock that stopped working, so I changed the battery. It didn't help. The hands wouldn't move. No matter what I did to the clock. The hands didn't budge. Yet all of a sudden we noticed the hands had moved and now the clock functions as it was meant to function. My wife said jokingly that we must have some ghost in our house that moved the hands of the clock again. Superstitious people would probably go for a supernatural explanation within seconds. I'd rather stuck to things like the tremors in our ground caused by trains on the tracks only 150 yards from our house, or something like that. But I must say, the ghost option is more fun.

Tue, June 29th, 2021 10:46am

Author
Reply

For sure Bert, there's far too much fun being taken out of life these days! Thanks for commenting. Usianguke

Tue, June 29th, 2021 2:06pm

LE. Berry

I appreciate the opinion put forth in your well written piece moa. I would only point to the logic of physical evolution put forth by scientists such as Darwin. It's a slow process that is for the most part unseen while it is happening. Is the fact that we can't observe the actual event of biological change make evolution less of truth as reality? Just something to ponder.

Wed, June 30th, 2021 4:53pm

Author
Reply

Correct LE, and thank you. An interesting case is the brushtail possum of Australia. It was liberated here 150 years ago. In Austalia it is strictly a herbivore, here it takes birds eggs and eats chicks of our indigenous birds. So is that adaption or evolution? The brushtail possum became rare in Australia, but here it thived to become a serious pest and they've taken some of our stock to replenish Australia's. I've found no data, if the change to omnivore shows up in Australia. I enjoy nature's little querks. Usianguke

Wed, June 30th, 2021 2:20pm

Facebook Comments

Other Content by moa rider

Short Story / Memoir

Short Story / Memoir

Short Story / Memoir