Everyone has opinions about spirits, ghosts and other unexplainable, paranormal things. I find many people, though certainly not all people, on the extremes of the scale of whether or not these represent good or evil. Either they believe that all things in this arena are evil, demons, restless spirits with nothing better to do than scare the bejeebers out of us... or they believe it all angelic, higher beings, spirit guides whose sole purpose in life (or after life) is to guide and protect us.
Either these things are all to be feared or all to be believed with no questions asked. I think I fell somewhere in the middle, I certainly don't believe it's all evil, and I certainly don't blindly believe it's all good either.
I generally don't know how to classify what I see, it just "is". Most of the time I see something, or hear something, or smell something, I just observe, rarely interact. I can usually tell the difference between an active entity and a residual (a recording, or memory), though sometimes I don't realize it's a residual until I see it for the second time. There is a good article about residuals on History's Mysteries blog, it's worth a read.
On the rare occasions when I am talking to someone about ghosts and such, more often than not, I get to hear a story about a negative experience, either the thing in the closet that scared them as a kid, the visit from the scary lady in white just before grandma died, the haunted house up the street where the witch lived (kids, don't go there)...
I often wonder why most people have little to no paranormal activity around them, and of the few that do, why does it nearly always seem to be negative or scary? Another thing I notice, is on the rare occasions when I'm discussing this sort of thing with someone, they often start getting scared, jumpy, looking around, it's as if merely talking about might make it happen, or perhaps for a few minutes, they are more open to the spirit world and that scares them. Just about the time I really start getting into the conversation, it's clear that they want to stop talking about it. I know of a few people who don't mind discussing this sort of thing, sadly I don't get to converse with them often enough, at least not often enough for me. That's probably a lot of my motivation for writing this blog.
Fortunately, or not depending on your point of view, with the populatiry of shows like Ghost Hunters and shows like it, it's easier to talk to people about spirit stuff, I can generally figure out is someone is open to the subject merely by asking if they watch that show (or other's like it), if they have watched it, they usually have strong opinions about it, either they think it entertainment only, or they really get into it, either way I can tell by what comes out of their mouth right after that. :-)
Oh well, life goes on... this is message number 49 for this blog. I tend to focus more on my other blogs, about living off grid, something I do every day too. I will give more attention to this blog, post more of my paranormal history, as well as posting my day to day experiences, good and bad.