The Santa Clause: Lying is OK, so long as everyone else is doing it. The “Santa Claus Syndrome” is the effect of societal complicity in, and/or complacency to, lies and the belief that’s ok. Take a moment to imagine yourself an outsider and visitor to a new culture. Imagine if you will an annual global […]
With the Autumn season upon us, we arrive at that great holiday where spooks, ghosts, and goblins rule the night. Of course, what fall season is complete without Halloween?
Halloween, where we actually celebrate imaginary horrors of all sorts. One of the most interesting traditions of Halloween is the telling of a story, whether it was in front of a campfire or in sitting in a circle with a candle lit and all the lights turned off.
Stories are probably the backbone of All Hallows Eve. Everyone had that story, whether it was about witches or ghosts to dangers most foul such as the Hook or the Wendigo. We tell stories of forewarned death, such as stories with black cats and owls to even stories of departed loved ones trying to warn others of danger from beyond.
What scares us in this day and age of smartphones and internet and social media? What actually scares a technology oriented society (sorry loss of power or signal doesn’t count)? What spookies and ghosties and madmen could possibly be our generation’s campfire tales or urban legends?