Don’t Mock It!

Posted: December 26, 2013 in Living and Life, Reflections
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I’m basically using this post to vent, so please bear with me. Yesterday my family and I were eating dinner and somehow the subject of a show I watch came up. The show in question, Ghost Adventures, is about an actual ghost-hunting crew who film their investigations of purportedly haunted locations and broadcast them on the Travel Channel. Now, I don’t really care whether or not you believe in ghosts or if you think ghost hunters are charlatans or actually investigating hauntings. My own personal experiences with the supernatural inclines me to believe that the events portrayed on Ghost Adventures and the evidence they collect is authentic.

The majority of my family though think that the show is fake and take the opportunity to mock it at every turn as well as mock me for liking it. And that gets on my nerves. Look, I know that a lot of people don’t believe in ghosts and are skeptical of ghost hunters everywhere. That’s their choice to feel that way. However I draw the line when it comes to mocking the show because I like it and I prefer to at least give ghost hunters the benefit of the doubt. Mocking people who choose to believe in ghosts and ghost-hunting, even when broadcast on television, is just rude when it isn’t done in a kind, comedic way. And trust me, my family wasn’t being kind and comedic about it. They know how I feel and they do it anyway.

The weird thing is, you can compare a belief in ghosts and ghost-hunting to people who profess to belong to a certain religion and have personal proof or documented proof that their religion is true. Both require a certain degree of faith, and the belief and proof of what the religion believes as true can be dismissed by skeptics quite easily. So I find it even more upsetting that a Jewish family with two rabbis in it is so willing to mock belief.

So the next time you see a show where someone is trying to convince a viewer that something that can’t be easily quantified or studied or experimented upon might exist or be real, you can dismiss it as just belief or silliness if you want. But don’t go around mocking it in a crude, hurtful manner like my family does.* Instead, just say you respect their belief in ghosts/extraterrestrials/etc. but you don’t believe in them yourself.

Otherwise, you might find something you enjoy very much getting seriously mocked. I did that with my sisters’ favorite show Supernatural, by pointing out that a lot of fans of the show like to write fanfics portraying the main characters in an incestuous relationship. Trust me, they did not like it when I did that. Now I just have to come up with one for the CSI franchise.

*I would just like to point out that my mother and her partner have never mocked the show, at least not in front of me or to my knowledge. Then again, I don’t think either of them have seen the show, let alone care enough to mock it if they find it ludicrous. Still, their lack of mocking is greatly appreciated.

  1. Abba says:

    Rami, I’d like to draw a distinction here. I have a firm belief that when we die, it is not the end. I trust that there is some kind of life after this one…and even allow for the possibility that spirits or spirit energies can be around us. My Grandma Bessie always talked about the dreams she had with deceased family members communicating to her. Long Island Medium–I think you’re cool and not a fake, although I won’t go to you for a reading.
    All that being said, I think Ghost Adventures takes 3 minutes of sketchy evidence and inflates it into one hour of programming. The technology used is not scientifically accepted methodology but their own snake oil that they try to convince viewers is definitive proof of what they are saying. That show is good entertainment–not science.
    I think there could be ghosts or spirits, I’ve just never seen anything convincing on that show. I will keep the “mocking” to a minimum.
    Love, your mocking father

    • Abba, I thank you for telling me all that and for promising to keep the mocking to a minimum (by the way, I had no idea that Great-Grandma Betsie had those sorts of dreams). It really means a lot to me.
      Just one thing I wanted to point out: the methodology used by the Ghost Adventures Crew is used by all ghost hunters (I actually read a book on ghost hunting just to make sure). So that “snake oil” is used by most professional and part-time ghost hunters, at least in the United States.

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