Much More Respect for the Dead
I am on a number of paranormal facebook groups who post stories, pictures, recordings, and opinions, many, many opinions. Recently, someone posted a question that caught my attention. They asked, "Does anyone know if the site of the twin towers / 911 has been investigated? If not, I'd really like to investigate it. I hear that the wind howls around the site."
I read all of the replies. In short, almost everyone said the same thing. "It is too soon, it would be highly disrespectful of those who died, it would be wrong." I agree with this sentiment. Gound zero should never be investigated. Then, I gave this some thought. I live near Gettysburg and I have investigated on the battlefield many times, as well as most of the haunted locations in town. So, what, exactly, is the difference between investigating at the site of one of the worst, bloodiest battles of the Civil War and investigating Ground Zero, NYC? The only difference is time. The Civil War happened over 150 years ago. 911 nineteen years ago. So is it time that allows us to be, dare I say it, disrespectful of the dead?
I have noticed a difference in paranormal groups lately. The very large, nearly exclusively online groups do not take investigating the paranormal seriously. To many of them, who shall remain nameless, you know who you are, it is a fun hobby, a pastime filled with fun people, exciting experiences, scary experiences, and, most importantly, FUN! Yes, Fun. Fun is the priority, fun is the expected result. It's what many enthusiasts pay good money for, the exciting, blood pumping, Run dude, Run! experience at a haunted location.
I have written about this before. (Read "One or the Other, Jan 1, 2020, "Respect for the Dead" 09/22/2019, Respect for the Battlefields of Gettysburg, June 22, 2013) But, I suddenly realized that, if investigating Ground Zero was highly disrespectful of the dead, then isn't all investigating of battlefields where people died, also disrespectful? And, if that is also highly disrespectful, isn't it also highly disrespectful to investigate all locations where the dead might haunt? Shouldn't we all be highly respectful of all the dead? Isn't the "hobby" of paranormal investigating a very, very serious, somber, sobering endeavor? Isn't every person who has passed over their mortal coil due respect? Can we ever know in whose presence we are? Shouldn't we always be, in every circumstance, extremely respectful of the dead? Would you want a team of fun-seeking enthusiasts standing over your grandfather's grave, asking him innane questions? Having "fun"?
I think it's time many groups and individuals, many TV shows and paranormal tours, rethink what they are doing. This is serious. This is, literally, about someone's life, and someone's death.
They are owed your respect.
Here is an excerpt from one of my articles. Food for thought:
How ironic. Really? You don't see the irony? You are the problem. Your teams, your ghost hunting on sacred grounds, your gathering of evidence while standing atop the bodies of the dead, harassing them with your endless questions and making demands to talk to us, to give us a sign, to let us see a manifestation of your presence. I have done this myself. I am as guilty as the rest of you. I have gone walking the battlefield, camera and recorder and EMF meter in hand, hoping and begging and provoking for some manifestation, some evidence that the war dead walk these hallowed grounds and want to perform for me. I want to capture them, hold onto them, hear them, feel them, see them, and make them prove themselves.
The paranormal amusement park ride to the other side. No refunds. No returns.
There may be a price to pay someday for some of us who have disrespected the dead, dishonored their memory, had fun at their expense. I don't know.
I just don't know.