One or The Other
I have written a few articles on this subject here. So, I will suggest you read those. This is more of an angry, frustrated rant that I need to write, because I am angry and frustrated. Writing sometimes helps me to deal with it, even though it may not help my readers at all. In fact, what it may do is transfer my anger and frustration onto them. That is not my intention so I apologize. However, I am still going to write this.
The difference between a ghost hunter and a paranormal investigator is, one is on an amusement park ride and the other is in search of the truth. One may have no problem using clients to get them onto their amusement park ride. The other will have empathy and concern for the client and will see their job as one of helping to figure out what is going on; really going on, whether that be paranormal or the result of faulty wiring or mice in the attic. One will be secretly lusting for a shot on a TV show. The other will avoid getting their face on any camera, and finds most every paranormal show the very worst in showing proper investigative technique. Most are an embarrassment.
That's the frustrating part. I identify myself as one and get mistaken for the other, all the time. It's an assumption people make. I'll expound on that a bit later.
The angry part is that one will masquerade as the other. One sees no problem using pendulums, dowsing rods, unvetted, self-proclaimed psychics, to "investigate". One will pay top dollar to visit a place where hundreds of souls died in pain, lost their lives, suffered unimaginable indignities, or took their own lives, and they see no problem with the ethics of that. Hey, we can go and talk to these souls for only $100 a night! Better yet, lets get the group rate! Then maybe we can post it on you tube or our podcast and get more followers to our website.
The immorality of that particular evil sickens me. If you believe in spirits and hauntings, these are PEOPLE. Imagine them as being alive. We treat them like monsters in a circus side show of peculiarities. They are imprisoned and we pay to buy a ticket to view them, experience them, ask them questions, then leave.
The other part of this issue I have alluded to is a personal one, because it's something I have been experiencing a lot lately. Some of my male peers in this field (not you, krk) have assumed, erroneously, that I am somehow inexperienced, lacking in knowledge, devoid of wisdom, naïve regarding the paranormal, or just a plain old dumb girl. Well, I'm not. I refuse to spout my credentials or experience, because they never have to. But I do. And, even if I do, it makes no difference to the condescension I must endure. Well, you arrogant SOBs, I'm not an inexperienced, naïve, dumb girl. So,. please, stop the condescending attitude, the talking down to, the obnoxious know it all personae. I'm so done with you. If you feel that way, keep it to yourself. Or, as most people walking around free today, wear your condescending, proud, arrogant sexism like a badge. Perhaps that is an unfair assumption, and if it is, I apologize. But, honestly, when someone, male or female, young or old, experienced or a newbie, allows their ignorance to show, and shows it off proudly, I normally leave it alone. I remain silent. Most are good people who really aren't aware of what they are doing. But, for those who are arrogant knowingly, and rude with premeditation, I know who you are. Karma's a bitch.
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