As an author of a paranormal book, I am often asked, “Why all the drama in the paranormal field?” Yes, I agree, there is a high degree of drama in the paranormal field. Para-Drama effects paranormal teams and individuals who dedicate their time and skills toward common goals of investigating and researching. Let me offer a few reasons why I feel Para-Drama is so prevalent.
I have been studying the paranormal for some time now while authoring a book on the subject. Everywhere you turn, at each corner and in every interview, I was confronted with Para-Drama in one form or another. Did you hear what this person said? Did you hear what this team did to ___ ? Did you hear about Mr. X and Mrs. J and how they got drunk and hooked up last night and neither one of their spouses know? And oh, how this person stole evidence from that person? I can’t believe Z cut Y out of the picture because Z wants all the glory, and so on, and so on, and… energizer bunny!
Paranormal investigating and the interest in the paranormal is now at all-time record highs. People are more inquisitive these days as to what may be going on in the hereafter. With the increased interest in the paranormal comes increased exposure to various levels of humanity, especially those areas we like to explore and exploit, such as Para-Drama.
There has always been Para-Drama, just as there has always been drama in the neighborhood, community, church, or workplace. It is only more prevalent now in the paranormal field as the paranormal receives more recognition in the media and throughout mainstream — our nations homes.
Drama, as Hollywood loves to enhance it and depict it in its airing of ghost hunting and paranormal shows, is an all too important element. Void of dramatic breathtaking scenes our favorite paranormal shows and movies would be, well, just plain old paranormal investigations, which consist of hours and hours of sitting around hoping for an ethereal visitation from the afterlife and days of evaluating research and possible evidence (that’s the footage they don’t show you, the footage that makes it on the cutting room floor). If you had to sit through all of that, you would share the sentiment, “God save us!”
As a former member of clergy and a leader in a church, it has been my experience, Para-Drama is not far removed from the drama found from the close-knit ties one would have in a community of believers at a church setting. This could be because the very things that bind you together, the foundation of beliefs, the goal to believe in a like structure and foundation, and the very essence of the nature of the soul and exposing one’s soul; or in the case of the paranormal exposure of the deceased soul, and death, are all very real concepts and ideals of mortality, which loyalty and betrayal, many times, play a major role.
Another reason for the drama; people have varying degrees of issues, and when you get close to some individuals, they are are “FUBAR’ed” and they are not happy unless they can bring everyone down to their level. Other’s bask in the joy of messing with people. And still some others, are so messed up they don’t realize they are portals or catalysts in the drama.
Everything about the paranormal, parapsychology, demonology, and the church or religion bleeds drama. Investigations are highly dramatic and extremely intense. Debates over scientific evidence spawns enflamed arguments. Good vs. Evil, Church vs. science has ignited altercations, which has had societies and cultures in centuries old clashes vying for top-banana — superiority of ideological beliefs for eons. Genocide committed because one race felt the other was inferior and they wanted to steal a “thing” a belonging, perhaps one of the biggest dramas in history, and not a soul was about to back down from their position; I’m not talking about Hitler although he does fit the bill, I’m talking about the slaughter of millions of Native American Indians.
I have witnessed teams break up and people disassociate themselves from others based on minor disagreements, altercations and Para-Drama. People’s lives have been destroyed and innocent people have paid the price for Para-Drama. Perhaps the most despicable is Para-Drama bullying; taunting and harassing an individual or a paranormal team to promote oneself, ones cause and Para-Drama.
Some people from my background in Theology would say, “If you mess with the Devil, you’re going to get burned!” I cannot rule out “dark forces,” which may influence Para-Drama and the individuals who perpetuate such behavior, but I personally feel these people actually enjoy their role in the whole dramatic mess. If you do not want to be a part of the problem, then be part of the solution — walk away!
Unfortunately, we live in a time when our lives are an open book. Thanks to social networking sites, like Facebook, we are exposed to the grit and grime of people’s lives and of those same individuals losing control and posting very personal dramatic would-be and should-be, private messages on a public forum.
I use Facebook primarily as a marketing tool. I realize for my 74 year-old mother who lives out of state it is very different, she uses Facebook to stay at arm’s length with her children. Many use Facebook for nothing but playing computer games, and others use it strictly for socializing. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Facebook collects ALL of your information, profile, pictures, bio, even the information in the messages/posts you type and they compile it in a database, which they use for marketing; if you doubt me look it up, that’s how they have become a multi-billion dollar corporation. Hence, why I don’t air my laundry on Facebook and use it as a marketing tool.
So, the next time you “break it off” with someone on Facebook, notice the ads on the sidebar change. Don’t be surprised if you see ads for counseling and religiously motivated ads. If you write posts about “hangin’ out wit da peeps and gettin’ wicked drunk”, look for the Ketel One and other booze ads. You’re running a marathon, you’re sure to see a great deal of Monster Energy Drink ads and other energy drink ads. It’s not by coincidence friends.
If you decide you wish to stop perpetuating the Para-Drama, do what I do, ignore the dramatic posts. Realize, without an audience the drama has no place to go and it dies a painful death. Drama is like a sponge, with an audience drama will only grow and eventually, once the sponge is full, it will spill all over the place.
When I reached a certain point in my life, when things seem to make a difference to me and I cared about making a difference, I have always tried to live my life by a decree made famous by the great Mohandas Mohatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.
You may not agree with all of the findings in this article, that’s okay. It is a free country and everyone can make up his or her mind to believe what he or she wishes to believe. You may have been scorned, or are currently in the midst of Para-Drama and feel the need to vindicate yourself, you need to evaluate the benefits of reprisal and whether it is vindication you are after or if you seek revenge, in either case you must look in the mirror and ask yourself what role do you wish to play in continuing the Para-Drama and the circle of toxicity and decay.
In the end, we don’t have all the answers. Our number could be up in the next twenty seconds and we could be the entity the paranormal team is investigating and attempting to reach. I for one, wish to enter the hereafter with my laundry (and my conscience) as clean as I possibly can.
The End (Perhaps, or not!)
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