Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

Most of us have superstitions of one sort or another, not breaking mirrors, not walking under ladders, not liking Friday the 13th and so on. Most of them are mumbo-jumbo (Touch wood!) but for some they have a great significance. It must be peculiar to the human mind to have this deep seated regard for the mysterious.

Believing in ghosts, pixies, fairies, goblins; Ouija boards, fortune tellers, witch doctors.

Next time you are with a group of friends, ask if anyone has any experience of ghosts. I will lay odds that more than one in the group will tell you of something 'spooky' that happened to them. Arthur's is claiming to be aware of an 'atmosphere' in houses he enters. Some are pleasant others not so pleasant.

Take foreseeing the future. In order to accept the possibility you have to abandon certain scientific beliefs. Firstly that time doesn't follow the principal of a natural progression of past present and future. We know we can look back into the past but in order to see what is going to happen in the future we have to accept that everything is carefully laid out from here to eternity. That takes a bit of a quantum leap for the mind. Think of all the things that happened yesterday, not just in your bit of the world but everywhere, for everybody and everything. Now try to carry that forward for ever! That would be some data base.

Another digression: Arthur's Mum claimed to be the seventh child of a seventh child and used to read the tea leaves (The leaves left in your tea cup). Arthur sometimes pretends to have the same powers. He will hold something personal of a friend, a ring or watch and tell them about their life and what the future held. It's all cobblers, what he says is based on what he knows about them and their dream s and aspirations.

Another one is talking to the dead. Spiritualists who are able to connect individual members of their audience with someone who has passed 'Over to the other side'. We have to admit to being a cynics about this. It's down to fundamental beliefs. Way back in the days of black and white television, around the 1950s there was a programme called The Brains Trust where a group of four very clever men who answered questions sent in by viewers. One of the panel was professor Joad. He once answered a question about life after death he said something like "If death is no worse than the time before I was born, it holds no fear for me". That stuck with us and is a basic belief about the afterlife. So when the spiritualist says "I have someone here (In the afterlife) called Jack or is it John. Is there anyone here who knows who that could be?". Probably half a dozen hands go up and the medium picks on an elderly lady in the audience. After a few gentle question which confirm that the name is John and he was the woman's husband who died a few months ago. "John wants you to know that he is alright and you mustn't worry. He knows you are thinking of making changes and he thinks you are right" It's never something like "look in the old biscuit tin in my shed, I have left some money for you"

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