TO 'WOO' OR NOT TO 'WOO', THAT IS THE QUESTION?

So there is this saying I have troubles swallowing from the skeptical crowd that listens to paranormal talk radio.  It’s called ‘Woo-Woo’.  The definition is easy.  It’s basic meaning is that everything that is over the top, in their minds, in reality, it’s ‘Woo-Woo’.  And I have to tell you, I hate this term.  I hate it with a passion.  You know how everyone seems to have a trigger word?  Well that’s one of mine.  Before we get too much into this, previous to this the only time I ever heard the word ‘Woo’, was when wrestler Ric Flair was using it as his signature ‘Wooooooooo’!  I mean how can you not love the limousine riding, jet flying, wheeling dealing, kiss stealing son of a gun?  He’s the 16 time World Champion for a reason, you know?  But the ‘woo’ factor plays large in the paranormal realm, and for all intents and purposes, there is a reason for it.
When it comes to the paranormal there are many levels of skepticism.  Now remember, this is only my opinion on things, so some may agree and others, well, not so much.  We have people out there who are so skeptical, they won’t believe a thing.  Then there are those who’ve had their own experiences, yet still deny the supernatural experience they had was anything out of the ordinary, maybe out of fear or naivety.  There are those who believe their experiences and those around them, but still seem to ask great questions as to what is going on, and don’t think everything is of a paranormal experience.  There are then the people who have no skepticism whatsoever, and therefore believe their cat farting is some sort of demonic odor that is punishing them to get the hell out of their house.  All of the explanations are quite comical in one way or another, and in respect of everything that is going on, in reality, all, with maybe the exception of the last one, are correct.  The world of the supernatural is a mystery to say the least.  I can totally understand why people want to put a human and scientific reason on whatever is happening to them.  I get that.  They want a logical and quantified explanation as to what went on and why?  But sometimes, the experience has no explanation, which, to me, makes it more realistic than ever.
I know sometimes I take some ribbing for what has gone on with me, and my experiences.  There are people out there who do not believe at all everything that I claim to have experienced or seen.  And they weren’t there, and they’re only going by what they know or believe themselves.  I don’t blame people for questioning me, or wondering about my ethics or standards if I’m claiming all this ‘woo’ stuff to be true.  Frankly, I like to be questioned about it.  The only two arguments that I have as defense is 1)You weren’t there.  And 2) You have to trust me and take me at my word.  That can be hard for a lot of people to trust and believe, because they don’t know me on a personal level.  They haven’t hung out with me or even talked with me over the phone.  What I try to explain to people on my end is this.  It would not be of any benefit to Spaced Out Radio or my own credibility to make these events up.  Down the road, if I was lying or some sort of snake oil salesman, it would catch up with me and the show, which would put the credibility of everything in question.  I wouldn’t want that, nor would I report on fake events.
The fact is, trying to determine what is legitimate, or what is complete fallacy.  Too many times in this field have people, good people, had the truth pulled out from under them.  There are too many people trying to pawn some sort of magic beans that gullible and honest people who are seeking anything to help themselves are purchasing at exorbitant and insane prices.  Thousands of dollars, that most people at the best of times cannot afford.  From psychics and mediums taking advantage of the weak and distraught, to people claiming boxes and staffs are the way to go.  The shenanigans are everywhere.  Many skeptical people are so sick of some of these wacky claims, that they are boycotting radio shows, YouTube channels and anyone who promotes these gimmicks for taking advantage of the overly innocent.  And I don’t blame them for it either.
But as for the ‘woo’ factor, what it comes down to is the old argument of what is proof?  Proof, when it comes to the paranormal or supernatural is a highly contentious issue.  There are those out there who only want or will accept a scientific answer.  There are those out there who don’t even believe that.  An alien could walk up to their front door, ring the doorbell, and say “Hi my name is XYZXYZSM from Mars.  Wanna go for a ride?  My space ship is in your front yard.”  And these people will cry “FAKE NEWS”!  Exaggeration of course, but it still seems that no matter what you throw at some people, they aren’t going to believe it.  The ‘woo’ factor does come into full force though when you do have people who will tell you stories that are so corny that there is no way they are true.  Much like the 80’s front page version of the National Enquirer or the Examiner where someone tells a story that Elvis came back to earth with his alien love child, and the love child is now going on tour singing the King’s music.  It can get overly dramatic.
So is there a balance?  I don’t know.  I really don’t.  I think some of these stories combined with a lot of imagination have caused the entire field to go into the sewer a little bit.  But the advice I try to give to people is be cautious, but open minded as well.  Just because you haven’t experienced what others have experienced doesn’t mean it’s a lie or story telling.  Some of the greatest stories we’ve heard have come from the experiencers.  Others, like Whitley Streiber, continue to pay the price for it.  Imagine having an entire South Park episode made to degrade your alien encounter experience.  Thirty years later he’s still being chastised for his anal probing, which he wrote about, in the book Communion.  Three decades of torture!  Think about that.  And that’s a prime example of maybe why the next best story to Whitley or Travis Walton hasn’t come forward yet.  No one wants the abuse or the finger pointing for generations to come.  It just may not be worth it.
And thinking about that, how much true evidence is not being brought forward because people do not want the harassment or the finger pointing?  Maybe that next Patterson-Gimlin film has already happened but the person who filmed it doesn’t want any part of being a public spectacle or punchline.  Until the real evidence comes forward, let the ‘Woo’ continue.
Dave Scott can be heard on Spaced Out Radio every Monday through Friday at www.spacedoutradio.com starting at 9pm PT, 12am ET.  Follow Dave on Twitter @SpacedOutRadio and on Instagram @DaveScottSOR
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