Tuesday, June 27, 2006

First Posting

Hey just wanted to introduce myself....

I'm a 24 year old male living in Toronto. I live and work downtown, beyond that you don't need to know much about me. I choose to do this anonymously so I could say all sorts of crazy stuff and not have it come back to me.

I picked the title not because I have ghosts (or skeletons for that matter) in my closet, but because I think ghosts have gotten a bad wrap over the years.

Not that I've met any, but I think ghost suffer from a bit of negative self-image. I think the whole idea of being a ghost is cuz they did something wrong, or had unfinished business or something, hence being a ghost. Trapped to wonder in purgatory or earth or some combo of the two. Also, ghosts experienced a bit of fame in the '80's with Ghostbusters and all. Sure there were the bad ghosts but they had some good ones too. But since then they've fallen out of favor in the public eye, and now they're probably feeling neglected.

I attribute this to a couple of things. One, most ghost are damn old. They died like hundreds of years ago, back when an integrated communications process wasn't really refined, so they are having trouble marketing themselves effectively. Also, they aren’t very organized. They probably died prior to the industrial revolution, or at least before the 1st labor day, so they perished before becoming unionized. I say this because usually ghosts are those dudes who died in pain or were crazy, and after that point there have been significant improvement in both palliative care and the treatment of the mentally ill. So I would suppose that most humans who end up as ghost died prior to this turning point in history.

Secondly, the new breed of ghost probably are able to integrate better into modern society, both because they lived for at least a while in it and had a chance to acclimate to it, but given the rigid and inequitable social structure within the ghost community, they are often not given the high profile haunts that they may deserve. Also, given our generations affection for drugs/video games/rap music, many of us are brain dead to begin with, so there isn’t a marked difference between them and us anyways, dilluting their contribution to the ongoing activities of ghosts.

The third reason ghost don’t integrate well into society is their damn wardrobe. As mentioned before, ghosts were typically the result of tormented souls either who died in hospital, hence their stupid ass bed sheets they're always wearing, or in mental asylums, so they have chains and shit. I know there are probably some cool ghosts, but they are the newer ones with a bit of a fashion sense. So really you have this top heavy organization with limited upward mobility, because new ghost are being added at slower rate then anytime in history, and the old ghosts just kind of stick around.

So in order to improve their image a number of things have to happen. 1) they need a good advocate, cuz really the only people going to bat for them claiming their existence are crazy people. Maybe this is their tactic to insure increasing numbers, because once you come out and state you believe in them your often ridiculed, resulting in a tormented soul at death, increasing the probability of you becoming a ghost yourself. So maybe they stand to benefit from some sort of P.R. campaign. 2) They need to become more cohesive, ghost have been around a long time, and I imagine they're pretty territorial. There has been several millennia worth of ghosts inhabiting the same areas. Space is becoming limited, that’s why you heard of haunting in unconventional areas. Due to the over population of their traditional habitat (cemeteries, convents etc..) they are being forced into city centers. I'm sure you've heard of the ghost of taco bell or something. I would support a push within the ghost community to move toward a more socalist ideal. Where home turf is distributed equally ensuring equal opportunity for all ghosts.

This way many ghosts may experience greater satisfaction allowing them to move on to whatever else is waiting for them. Also, It would allow for a greater influx of ideas from the newer ghosts, because they are all equal stakeholders in the haunting business. This would move away from the typical old boys network if you will, destroying the idea of a glass (or at lease plasma) ceiling.

I think there is room into today’s society for a peaceful coexistence between ghosts and us, however the ghost community as a whole would have to adopt a more progressive outlook. In a place like Canada where we welcome the world, why not the undead as well. They probably have a lot to offer us mortals, and we could stand to benefit from a close partnership.

Anyways, that’s all for now,


At 4:49 PM, Blogger Jason E said...

I never thought I'd see such a thoughtful analysis of ghosts and society... nice work!

At 5:00 PM, Blogger El Chupacabra said...

well its sort of a big deal for me. i'm glad someone appreciates it, but don't stop there if you find a ghost tell them you accept them. we need to move beyong meer tolerance and respect and accept their diversity. Thanks Rocky mountain kid!

At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that Casper (the friendly ghost) Did indeed try to start a ghost union, and is the current founder of GHR, (Ghosts for Human Rights). Unfortunately with his lack of a backbone he was unable to stand up to the evil forces of Skeletor, and the union has been largely ignored.

At 10:38 PM, Blogger El Chupacabra said...

I have always felt that casper did more harm to the ghost movement than anything. i think he portrayed an unrealistic image of ghosts therefore setting expectations unrealistically high. ghosts although not always evil tend to have a mischievious sense of humour. this sort of behaviour made it difficult to reconcile popular cultures opinion of ghosts to the actual conduct of these beings. thanks for the interest though.

At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Casper has always been an outcast, to both the ghost community and the living. His efforts to embrace the living are just not on par with the rest of the ghost community. He is an idealist. It is his essence of not belonging, a true outcast, which truly makes him a great example of a true ghost.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger El Chupacabra said...

As we can infer, death is limiting. However it could be said that death itself is liberating as well. During any transition period it's difficult to adjust and one tends to gravitate back to the familiar. Hence the term "familiar spirits". These are those ghosts who are having trouble moving on and choose to remain in the presence of their family. It isn’t until years later when their family dies, that they move on. Having a complete detachment from those emotions that have us beholden to others for acceptance and fulfillment is one aspect of death. Casper retained his human characteristics of compassion and inquiry. Although this is indicative of a good nature, it is a retroactive act which fails to deal with probably the most pressing concern of a ghost- growing accustom to your new sense of being. So if there were one ghost who must lobby human governments of behalf of the undead, I would have to choose one that is at peace (which is odd cuz by definition ghosts souls are never at peace) with oneself, and is able to promote integration while retaining respect for evolved ghost priorities. My vote for union boss goes to Spooky the Tuff Ghost over Casper. I believe his self-reliance would be able to be able to bridge the gap between paranormal activity and conventional behavior

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