Have your beliefs changed over the last…
Are you more open or closed to things you don’t understand?
From L.A. Emrich’s BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS:
Hearing voices, catching glimpses of odd lights and shadows where they don’t belong, getting strange feelings and thoughts that something is going to happen and then it does, are all common experiences. At this point, who doesn’t have a real-story to tell? It makes one wonder if there isn’t something to all this “paranormal” activity? Why is it so prevalent? Could it be increasing in our day and age?
Some are extra-cautious and question if this is even a legitimate conversation, while others appear to be obsessive with the subject, and can’t stop talking about it. Still, others go for years without saying a word, only to reveal their personal encounters quietly and in confidentiality. After all, no one wants to be rejected, or thought of as gullible, emotional, or crazy.
Whatever one’s position may be, things are happening, people are searching for answers, and pop culture is…
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What does all this mean for the future?
The research shows that there are many conflicting theories about the relationship between religion and the paranormal.
A common assumption is that people outside of mainstream religion are more likely to embrace the paranormal as a substitute set of beliefs. Others theorize the opposite, stating that religious people who are accustomed to “transcendent” values are more likely to hold paranormal beliefs. In either case, it’s not a simple task to categorize people and their beliefs, nor do people appreciate being categorized and labeled.
Leading sociologists agree that paranormal beliefs are equally prevalent among both religious and nonreligious persons (with a few exceptions, of course). Surprisingly, this widespread belief is not the result of popular Reality TV shows or conspiracy theories. The belief in the paranormal primarily comes from personal, unexplainable encounters.
If you think about it, Reality TV shows get all their programming material from the real life experiences of ordinary, everyday people. The fact of the matter is obvious, unexplained things happen all the time, everywhere, and with all types of people, whether they be religious or not, and TV programming only serves to mirror this.
After analyzing surveys and polls, researchers predict that by 2050 almost 80% of the American population will report a minimum of one paranormal belief. In other words, pop culture’s obsession with the supernatural is not going to decrease, but only continue to increase dramatically.