The most annoying paranormal talking point is that orbs might be ghosts. Only slightly less annoying (yet far more prevalent – go figure) is the “we must do THIS in order to be taken seriously!” talking point.
Somebody is always standing up on a soap box to declare how nobody is taking them seriously, usually in the form of a dictated way people should be doing things (it’s always those damned start up groups, ruining the reputation of everybody!). Until they start doing it the way we say – because our 24 whopping months of being in a paranormal group with matching shirts affords us the right to dictate – they shouldn’t be lumped into the same boat as us!
Yes, yes – I get it: there is a huge difference between the “thrill seekers” and the “researchers.” Researchers want to be taken seriously because paranormal research is serious biz after all, and anyone who puts considerable effort into this time-consuming work deserves to be recognized. Right…? I mean, the importance of this research will have mind-numbing consequences once they or their peers – but preferably they – eventually make that stunning breakthrough that has been overlooked since the Dawn of Man, to reveal that one bit of elusive evidence that ghosts really do exist. Dude! How awesome will that day be? They’ll be able to scoff at the skeptics, the cynics and lab coat wearing goons and say: “see!? I told you they were real!” The skeptics will rue the day, my friend – rue the day…
…Just one question, though. Why?
Why do they care if people don’t care? Why is it so important for people to stop in their tracks and pay homage to this enthusiasm? And why is it that the ones always demanding to be taken seriously are usually the ones that apparently have the “right way” to go about achieving the enormous task of getting everyone else on board? This is the part that I don’t get. At all.
Instead of telling everyone else how they should be doing things in order to create this mystical utopia where paranormal researchers are esteemed and prevalent as – oh, I don’t know… actual scientists – wouldn’t it be a little easier to just let their own research do the talking? Maybe then, others would review it and say: “Gee, I want to do that, too.”
I guess leading by example is a dying art form these days…