YES FOR LIFE, NO FOR DEATH, GOOD BYE FOR MYTHS
“It is only a game. Isn’t it?”
The human fascination with the spiritual and metaphysical things is old like the mankind. There are no people that would close their eyes for the mystical things without give a try to understand them, Some will embrace the cold logic of science, finding themselves more secure in the area of facts but some will accept the unknown and unexplained as the essential elements of the life.
It’s Friday evening. The whole family is at home, they are spending the pleasant time together but Mary has something to share with her husband Steve. She was in the antique store, after work and found one interesting game, Quija Mystifying Oracle, William Fuld Talking board set. Steve Harper was not so impressed by the game because he comes from the ultra religious family, with the catholic believes. According to them , all kinds of chances for talking to spirits from another world is consider as witchcraft and the outcome could be only demonic. However, Mary does not give up so the teenage children, Lara and Mike. They are burning in fire to call the spirit of grandmother Ema or grandfather Tom. Mary convinces her husband that all gonna be ok, especially because she also got the book “How to Safely Use The Ouija Board: An Instruction Manual” by Daniel Cumerlato with. There is no place for mistakes, nothing could possibly go wrong or simply everything could go wrong. None knows what has happened that night in the Biddle Street 1578, in Baltimore, MD but after two days, all members of the Harper Family have been found dead. The one thing that has survived all was the Mary’s Quija Board and that’s exactly the point where our story begins…
The Quija Board is known as a witch or spirit board. It is imprinted with the alphabet letters and numbers from 1 to 9, including 0. On one side is written YES and on the other is written NO. At the end of the board is written Good Bye. The part that belongs to the board is heart-shaped device named as a planchette, that slides over the board for forming the answers. It is stated that this game has been invented in 1890s and sold to Hasbro in 1966. I found it interesting that the game started as a parlor game, for afternoon tea and fun, almost like a bridge. After some times, people have believed that it can contact the spirits.
People have always tried to reconnect with the dead family members or friends, That was the substantial idea of human spirituality through the centuries. The death itself has been considered as unknown field and all they could have done is to try to reach the beloved one, believing they are still wandering in the world between. From the early stages of the civilization history, the homo sapiens has wanted to trick the Mord and to bring the light into the tunnel of darkness. The eschatology has offered some answers but not all of them. The main core of all religions is to comfort us in our fear from the unexplained dimension of life after death. Even in all classic literature, the spirit communication is an inseparable ingredient of social values. In victorian England, it was a trendy to conduct the seances and gather the people interested to speak with the dead one. The mediums have always been accepted as the special one because they are the channels of the ghosts. When we have the Quija board, we are able to communicate directly with our dead one or at least to make an attempt to find them, Real professionals in demonology warn that often comes the bad spirit pretending it is one you love. However we look at, the game is outrageous popular, especially because it has been glorified in Hollywood movies as the tool to the invisible world of dead. There are evangelical groups that firmly believe that playing with this board can cause the demonic possession. The King James Bible doesn’t like it either ” Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”(Exodus 22:18) in modern version from 2000 :” You shall not allow a witch to live” It is more than famous how the Christianity has dealt with the witchcraft and all steps in the front of occultism are automatically considered as companionship with evil.
While some claim that the supernatural force moves the board and gives us the answers on our questions, the rational force of our common sense denies it and explains it through the theory of ideomotor effect and according to one psychologist :“What happens is that the people touching the planchette unconsciously move it around the board without knowing they’re doing it. Since they don’t know that they’re moving it (and believe others aren’t either) they assume that some unknown force must be at work. So how does the planchette give accurate answers if it’s just being moved unconsciously by one or more of the participants?It doesn’t. The problem is that little if any of the information from the board can be verified.The fact that people must be touching the board for it to work offers an obvious clue: if ghosts or spirits (instead of people) are moving the planchette to spell out messages, there would be no reason anyone would need to touch it. Anyone can test the Ouija board to see whether the messages it spells out are real or not: Simply put blindfolds on the participants, or block their view of the board with a cloth or piece of cardboard. The results become gibberish.Talking to the dead or asking them questions requires no special abilities; the real trick is getting meaningful answers back. Unfortunately the vast majority of “information” from beyond the grave (whether the source is a Ouija board or a psychic) consists of reassuring messages from deceased family members, such as “Grandma is happy now,” or “Your mother is watching over you.” These banal messages are harmless, but the dead never seem to convey any useful, accurate, or previously unknown information.”
The same researcher asked himself if Quija board is really effective in contacting the dead one, then it should be used for a benefits of big science discoveries or unsolved police cases, particularly in homicide. The problem is that people are so easy to be manipulated and affected with the group feeling. That is some kind of primitive tribe reaction on something. If one thinks, the others will do the same, like it is not allowed to come out with the own common sense. Beside it, the majority of people are suggestive and if their brains are working in that direction, they will find the signs by the road and link them with the absolute ridiculous source of explanations. Sometimes, I think that people would rather chose to believe in supernatural than to accept how majestic is a human brain and mental possibilities.
I can be pretty sure that Quija board is a mysterious game but only if you like creepy things and do not seek the reality behind the commonly accepted myths. It is proved that human can cause the terrible accidents just because they are being obsessed with their own belief in supernatural. It is so easy to blame God or Devil for all our failures but it is so hard to set up our own responsibility for the life we have and that is not between Yes or No that some funny board offers.