Ghosts do not exist

by Zach McCollum, Opinion & Editorial Editor

Whether or not ghosts exist has been a widely debated topic since the dawn of time. They are believed to be spirits of dead people: often relatives or loved ones of some sort.

Although there is a possibility of spirits coming back to life, there is no physical proof that ghosts have ever walked among humans at any point in history.

Though theories of ghosts have existed before recorded history, the ideas and physical appearance of spirits mostly developed in literature.

In classic literature such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the possibility of ghosts and spirits is explored. Dickens used ghosts as a physical form of the human conscience through ghosts of past, present, and future, while Shakespeare uses spirits in their most common form of dead relatives through a ghost of Hamlet’s dead father.

Scientifically, these theories and ideas are nearly impossible. Without any hard evidence, there is no way of knowing whether sightings of dead relatives or other existential spirits are real or just mere hallucinations or fabricated stories to gain attention from the public eye.

Ghosts theories are up there with zombies on a level of ridiculous fantastical fiction. Fiction writers often group many different characters in fantasy together and people cannot distinguish which could possibly be real and what can actually be fake. People should not believe what they read in fiction and what they see in Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings because the ideas of spirits coming life are simply taken from religious ideals or ones influenced by previous pieces of literature.

If you hear a creak in the floor or see a door open, it is simply either paranoia or wind to thrust open a door. Unless some physical proof of ghosts on earth surfaces, ghost stories will simply remain fiction.