Friday, December 4, 2009

If I Never See Bigfoot, Does He Not Exist?

We’ve all heard the philosophical phrase “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Since sound is vibration that is transmitted to our senses through the mechanism of the ear and recognized as sound only at our nerve centers. The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce vibration of the air. If there are no ears to hear, there will be no sound." So in other words, if one never sees Bigfoot or anything commonly classified as paranormal, does it not exist and in turn lessen their credibility when discussing the topic?

As many of you probably know by now, I have been an avid paranormal enthusiast (ok...I take that back, a paranormal fanatic being the more fitting term) for as long as I can remember, yet never have I seen anything that can be considered paranormal. Does this make me or anyone else that fits this description any less credible when he/she is looked at as somewhat of a paranormal SME (Subject Matter Expert)? I’d like to believe that it affords me a little extra objectivity when debating with skeptics or responding to one of the many expert guests we interview weekly on ‘The Parafactor Radio Show‘. Though I yearn for the opportunity to step in some proverbial Sasquatch poop, there is also another part of me that is scared to death and wants no part of a firsthand encounter with the beast or anything paranormal for that matter. I believe it is this inherent fear of the unknown and the never ending quest for truth that keeps me coming back for more.

There is also an additional part of me that is afraid of being disappointed by the paranormal much like meeting that sports hero and finding out he did steroids his whole career to achieve those lofty statistics. For example, maybe Bigfoot is a big jerk and no fun to hang out with at all. Maybe he just wants to sit around and watch bad reality television while smoking cheap cigars, or better yet, crash fancy White House shindigs! I guess everyone has their flaws; sports stars, celebrities, politicians, and yes, even Bigfoot. I’m almost certain that The Loch Ness Monster, Yeti, Extraterrestrials, Chupacobra, Champ, etc., etc., etc., all have their share of faults and inadequacies as well. This doesn’t make us love them any less, does it?

My point being in all of this is that it’s ok to have an interest in, or even worship, something that may never have tangibility. It’s even ok to revere those with flaws and imperfections. I recall reading somewhere that man (shortcomings and all) was created in God’s image, so wouldn’t this hold true for paranormal beings too? Have passion for whomever and whatever you believe in, regardless of whether or not you can reach out and touch them.



  1. Refreshing viewpoint to admit you'd be scared to actually encounter a sasquatch. Same here, even since in 1981 a friend and I had our own experience in central IL. My friend was standing in front of me and saw it, backed up into me and turned tail and ran before I could see it and I didn't stick around to. It wasn't real fun while it was happening.

    Also interesting the concept of paranormal beings having shortcomings too. That's what scares me. Just because ETs may be dozens (or hundreds? thousands?) of centuries past us technologically doesn't necessarily mean they are morally as well ('morally' basically meaning the Golden Rule I suppose), or generally have our best interests in mind. And sasquatches have been referred to historically as cannibals half the time, if one was abnormally hungry and came across some present day isolated people in the woods I wouldn't doubt at all if he'd make do with some human munchies.

    Regardless, the present state of humanity is proof that barbaric and cruel behavior isn't separate from technological advancement. We can only hope that ETs, aliens, whatever and wherever they are, have transcended that stage.

  2. I agree with your views. There is nothing which exist such as big foot. That is the vibration sound which comes off.