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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown1 Therefore it makes sense that if mortals cannot bear the darkness they should not not go there If man dislikes black night and yawning chasms2 then should he not even consider them Shouldnt man seek out the sunshine instead The remedy is very simple Avoid the darkness and seek the light But no Mankind would never submit to this He will immediately turn to the darkness Drawn by his own cords of fear and longing man will imagine that he is tired of the light and his small familiar world3 No amount of rationalization or Freudian analysis can overcome the thrill of the chimney-corner whisper or the lonely wood4 Why Children will always be afraid of the dark and men will always shudder at what they do not understand yet everyone will continue to seek it5 Perhaps it is because society particularly American society because of its history believes the final horrors are ghosts and demons when truly it is the hidden aspects of its own soul6 As reflected by its literature American society has always held a deep fascination with the supernatural Evidence of this is seen throughout American history from the Puritan era onward In modern society one would think that there isnt any place for fantasy and superstitions but the United States is full of people who are convinced that psychics can predict their future they have ghosts living in their houses aliens visit the Earth in flying saucers and even that they can talk to the dead7 People believe in the supernatural because they want to believe because it makes them happy even if those beliefs exist against logic or opposing evidence8 In Detroit ghost-busting is back big time with at least five ghost hunting clubs springing up in the metro area9 The Great Lakes Ghost Hunters Society and
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