Dark interests

When we were kids in the sixties, there was not much for entertainment, either on TV or at any venue, so we made our own fun. One of the things that we did a few times, but not more because it was scary, was have dark candlelit seances at the house of a girl whose father was a funeral director. We did these seances in the basement, and as far as I remember nothing ever happened, but there was a sense of calling out to the dead, and you were never sure whether anything might follow you home. Living next door to a cemetery was spooky, but we knew from taking a shortcut through it that the place had a strange atmosphere. We followed up our curiousity about the occult by reading horoscopes, finding 4 leaf clovers, and trying to interpret our own dreams. We read everything we could get our hands on including books about astrology, the occult, and witchcraft. Some friends even did Wicca or white witch type rituals, to get a boy to love them or get revenge on people who deserved retribution. It was definitely fun, in a creepy sort of way, but gradually as we got older, it became a question of whether you were a church going or religious or spiritual person, or whether it was even ethical or kind to delve into these practices. I decided against the dark side but retained a fascination with sociological and philosophical subjects in general, as well as the role belief plays in determining certain outcomes... culturally these polarizing types of beliefs can either bring people together or keep them apart, and it is fascinating to see the role superstition can play in the long term

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Hokey pokey stupitstitions

Sep 29, 2020 at 11:18am

KISS Keep It Simple Stupit ... just go about doing good to yourself and others

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Good post!

Sep 29, 2020 at 12:10pm

I tend to see religions as more polarizing than unifying.

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R. Cane

Sep 29, 2020 at 4:09pm

Are you from the west coast? I know Wicca was huge in early 20th century Portland, and Los Angeles of that time went big on the Secret Teachings of All Ages.

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@ Good post!

Sep 29, 2020 at 4:29pm

There's dogmatic fanatic types that don't live and let live in every system of belief and ideology whether that be religious or political or both. Just gotta learn to love one another and accept that we're all fallible and imperfect, before we end up getting assimilated by an artificial intelligence.

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Generation Why

Sep 29, 2020 at 6:06pm

Growing up in the 90’s was the same. We didn’t have cable and weren’t allowed to play video games. I played with hot wheels and hockey stick rifles. Then at 11 it was Ouija boards. I scared the crap out of myself. It was pretty great. My grandparents gave up on making us go to church when I was 8. I’ll never forget the relief my mother felt the day that decision was made.

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TV

Sep 30, 2020 at 8:11am

Wow, were you without a TV or was there parental control over it? We were glued to the TV from the late fifties to the day I moved out at the end of the sixties. And, we did similar things to what you note too. Fake seances, finding old houses that looked ghostly and seeing who was brave enough to go inside. It was outdoor games from 4pm after school until the sun set, then it was TV until bedtime every night. Regardless, I never felt deprived of outdoor time, as we were exhausted with it by 7pm when the prime time shows started. And after the Friday night fright night, then Saturday morning cartoons, there was plenty of time to do lots of active stuff all weekend.

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Anonymous

Sep 30, 2020 at 9:25am

Imagination and keeping our minds open is the way to the future.
Cosmic energy was more abundant many moons ago and we've lost some of the magic energy forces alone the way.
Energy is not as strong now, "Big Bang Theory "
Dark matter is growing stronger everyday.
But energy and magic is still alive in each and everyone of us.
Its what we are made of *Energy*
We only use 10 % of our brains.
Just imagine what you could do with that other 90 %.
Your thoughts are very powerful and can become your reality.
Power of Belief
Amazing Book to reference !
Could we change dark matter back, with positive thoughts ?
Send all that positive energy back into the cosmos !
Or are we too jaded and negitive in our society now to make positive changes.
I hope not.

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No TV

Oct 1, 2020 at 3:06pm

so I read books from my parents collection. The characters in Ibsen plays reminded me of my dads starchy relatives.

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