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Life is just a great big poltergeist

February 23, 2011 | Comment icon 10 comments


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The title is a bold statement. I’m claiming that nearly everything we do and perceive in life is based around the poltergeist. At first, it sounds ridiculous. But maybe not if we apply my understanding of what a poltergeist is. To me, it is all about culture and psychodrama. It usually strikes when a family is undergoing some form of upheaval. Often centred around a pubescent child, fear will grip the family, and communally an alternative reality will begin to manifest. In this reality, perception will alter. Things will seem to be seen, noises heard, based on the community’s expectation that they will be and a form of communal mind becomes the director of the psychodrama that thus ensues.

The psychodrama will ape an over-culture of what society and folklore says should be experienced. This is why, in times past, the poltergeist became known as ‘mischievous’ - it was aping fairy culture. Now let’s apply the above to life in general. We all belong to a specific culture, and this culture will define what we are and how we are supposed to behave. So in other words, our psychology bends to the group. This forms a particular consensus. Typical is a religion, where a specific belief system leads to specific action. In the extreme, we have a cult, where outsiders often think they are quite simply mad.

Science also works through consensus, and comparing a religious consensus to a scientific one can be quite illuminating. In the extreme, neither can see the other’s point of view yet both claim to find proof in life and experience. Perhaps it would be better to understand both stances in terms of alternative realities. In other words, just like with the poltergeist psychodrama, ‘reality’ has fallen in line with the group view.

Of course, I’m not saying reality has actually changed. But reality isn’t as neat as this. Philosophers down the ages have advised that reality has two elements – that which is actually in the world, and human perception of it. Thus, we can argue that the changing perception of a group CAN be an alternative reality, and the upshot of this is that we all exist within a poltergeist psychodrama, writ large. Reality seems to bend to how we believe it will be. Of course, in the present climate of consensual dispute, neither side will be prepared to accept this. But then again, the subject of knowledge – which is what we’re talking of here – has never been approached from a purely paranormal standpoint.

Maybe the reality is that the paranormal is vital to understanding, not only knowledge, but how the human becomes what it is - and they say there is no value in paranormal research.[!gad]The title is a bold statement. I’m claiming that nearly everything we do and perceive in life is based around the poltergeist. At first, it sounds ridiculous. But maybe not if we apply my understanding of what a poltergeist is. To me, it is all about culture and psychodrama. It usually strikes when a family is undergoing some form of upheaval. Often centred around a pubescent child, fear will grip the family, and communally an alternative reality will begin to manifest. In this reality, perception will alter. Things will seem to be seen, noises heard, based on the community’s expectation that they will be and a form of communal mind becomes the director of the psychodrama that thus ensues.

The psychodrama will ape an over-culture of what society and folklore says should be experienced. This is why, in times past, the poltergeist became known as ‘mischievous’ - it was aping fairy culture. Now let’s apply the above to life in general. We all belong to a specific culture, and this culture will define what we are and how we are supposed to behave. So in other words, our psychology bends to the group. This forms a particular consensus. Typical is a religion, where a specific belief system leads to specific action. In the extreme, we have a cult, where outsiders often think they are quite simply mad.

Science also works through consensus, and comparing a religious consensus to a scientific one can be quite illuminating. In the extreme, neither can see the other’s point of view yet both claim to find proof in life and experience. Perhaps it would be better to understand both stances in terms of alternative realities. In other words, just like with the poltergeist psychodrama, ‘reality’ has fallen in line with the group view.

Of course, I’m not saying reality has actually changed. But reality isn’t as neat as this. Philosophers down the ages have advised that reality has two elements – that which is actually in the world, and human perception of it. Thus, we can argue that the changing perception of a group CAN be an alternative reality, and the upshot of this is that we all exist within a poltergeist psychodrama, writ large. Reality seems to bend to how we believe it will be. Of course, in the present climate of consensual dispute, neither side will be prepared to accept this. But then again, the subject of knowledge – which is what we’re talking of here – has never been approached from a purely paranormal standpoint.

Maybe the reality is that the paranormal is vital to understanding, not only knowledge, but how the human becomes what it is - and they say there is no value in paranormal research.



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Comment icon #1 Posted by UFO_Monster 12 years ago
I do not understand the theory, but I think the poltergeist theory is a splendid metaphor of "karma."
Comment icon #2 Posted by Yinarchy 12 years ago
Finding your article today was a coincidence, very much appreciated. I am the Matriarch of the Erie, an Indian tribe that is culturally poltergeist. I connect all Erie, who are holographic: each member contains the whole. We are all Erie. Everyone. I'm a writer working on a true story: Poltergeist. It begins this summer, I passed a waterfalls in a van full of my grandchildren. I saw a unicorn and pointed. "Look!" And my little princese, Allaura, shouted, "A unicorn." That was proof. Because it was gone by the time we hiked to the falls, and I sat and the children and the three-legged dog scatt... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Yinarchy 12 years ago
A ghost made me post. I felt compelled to tell my grandchildren about the polteergeist, but Jacob, my heart, would not come near. As a tribe, Erie, we made him come and sit with us on rocks. I spoke: "When I was Allaura's age, my brother shot himself in the head in an upstairs bedroom, suicide. My mother sat looking at a wall and my father raped me. I was a poltergeist. I didn't know at the time. I remeber standing outside the barn, looking up at the blue sky, as a rock fell straight down to land at my feet. Lots of rocks thown and the kids began to mark them with slashes of paint, then throw ... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Yinarchy 12 years ago
A ghost made me post. I felt compelled to tell my grandchildren about the poltergeist, but Jacob, my heart, would not come near. As a tribe, Erie, we made him come and sit with us on rocks. I spoke: "When I was Allaura's age, my brother shot himself in the head in an upstairs bedroom, suicide. My mother sat looking at a wall and my father raped me. I was a poltergeist. I didn't know at the time. I remember standing outside the barn, looking up at the blue sky, as a rock fell straight down to land at my feet. Lots of rocks thrown and the kids began to mark them with slashes of paint, then throw... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by mandy1979 12 years ago
A ghost made me post. I felt compelled to tell my grandchildren about the poltergeist, but Jacob, my heart, would not come near. As a tribe, Erie, we made him come and sit with us on rocks. I spoke: "When I was Allaura's age, my brother shot himself in the head in an upstairs bedroom, suicide. My mother sat looking at a wall and my father raped me. I was a poltergeist. I didn't know at the time. I remember standing outside the barn, looking up at the blue sky, as a rock fell straight down to land at my feet. Lots of rocks thrown and the kids began to mark them with slashes of paint, then throw... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Yinarchy 12 years ago
I'm writing it as a short story, but it's all true, unfortunately.
Comment icon #7 Posted by mandy1979 12 years ago
I'm writing it as a short story, but it's all true, unfortunately. Sorry to here that Its really good so far...the poltergist part...I want to read it all
Comment icon #8 Posted by AliveInDeath 12 years ago
A poltergeist follows me wherever I can go..
Comment icon #9 Posted by regeneratia 12 years ago
Boy that is something to thing about!! If this is true, that gives the thinker some real power, doesn't it? But then I already knew that what we think has a way of changing the world we live in.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Carrie White 12 years ago
http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/images/newsitems/ghoststairs.jpg Anthony North: The title is a bold statement. I’m claiming that nearly everything we do and perceive in life is based around the poltergeist. At first, it sounds ridiculous. But maybe not if we apply my understanding of what a poltergeist is. To me, it is all about culture and psychodrama. It usually strikes when a family is undergoing some form of upheaval. Often centred around a pubescent child, fear will grip the family, and communally an alternative reality will begin to manifest. In this reality, perception will alter. ... [More]


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