Afraid of ghosts?
For centuries, cultures often have different accounts of spiritual phenomena that they cannot explain. Often these cultures are afraid of those who walk the earth after death.
From Folklore to the Bible, there have been accounts of spiritual interaction between the living and the dead that keeps ghosts on the forefront of our minds. So why then, with all this handed down tradition and history are we afraid of them?
Simply it is that we don’t want to think about our deaths or those around us. The deep rooted emotion of sadness and the realization of how finite we truly are overwhelms us and forces us to push it out of our minds.
I think it has to do with the fact that we as humans are fearful of our own mortality. We don’t want to think about our own deaths and let alone communicate with those who have passed on themselves.
Ghosts also represent something physically we cannot manipulate to our own will. The spirits then represent an intangible and something we cannot control. What we can’t
control, manipulate, or bend to our own will represents an unknown force we can fall victim to. That force for good or bad can impose its own will upon us and thus we fear our loss of control.
What ever the case be it fear of death or losing control, spirits or ghost present something fearful in our psyche that we still struggle to comprehend.