There has been a surge in interest in ghost hunting and other paranormal research in recent years. There many new TV shows that focus on the afterlife, and even some reality TV shows that use techno-gadgets to track the activities of the dearly departed. Whether it’s just macabre curiosity, or an actual desire to find proof of something that many people do not believe exist, people seem to be utterly fascinated with the afterlife.
Most people believe that there is some form of existence after death. For these people, it just doesn’t make sense that the human consciousness, or soul, would just cease to exist after the body has died. Some people believe in heaven; an eternal, blissful place, where the souls of those who have passed over will never feel sorrow or pain again. Then, there is hell; a fiery pit, full of torturous demons, where those who did evil in this world will get their comeuppance. Some of these people also believe in a state of being between these worlds, a sort of limbo, between this life and the afterlife.
Many people, who have encountered what they would consider a ghost, or a ghostly presence, believe that these souls have stayed behind for some reason. Maybe they had some unfinished business and couldn’t leave without seeing things put right. Some people think that certain spirits are bound to an area, either because of their past lives or because they died in a particularly gruesome way. Other people believe that if someone dies in a state of extreme emotion, whether it be grief, rage, or despair, that that certain emotion leaves an ‘imprint’ on the place of the person’s death, and thus the ‘haunting’ may just be a distant memory of something that happened long ago.
The truth is no one really knows what happens when people die. This uncertainty is what fuels the urge to pry into what is often thought of as an ‘off limits’ topic. Most people shy away from talking about death. Being faced with one’s own mortality is never comfortable. But, why do people fear death? Is it just the fear of the unknown? If we find out what happens to a person’s ‘being’ after their heart stops beating and their brain stops functioning, would it make it any easier? Many ghost hunters are doing their best to prove that life doesn’t stop when our bodies die. But, if they prove that people turn into embittered souls that can’t let go of a grudge, wouldn’t that be a worse fate than simply ceasing to exist?
Whether the countless stories of haunted houses and ghost sightings from around the world are real or not, the fact remains that, until the existence of an afterlife is proven or disproved, it will hold an immense fascination for a huge number of people. Everyone loves a mystery, and there is no greater mystery than the human soul and all its complexities. As far as science has advanced in recent years, it still has not come close to explaining even an iota of what’s really going on in the universe. In time, humankind may come to a better understanding of the world we live in. But, until then, we can still enjoy the mystery and thrill of hunting down unexplainable phenomena and paranormal occurrences.