What this question reminds me of is a classic episode of the TV series, Supernatural. If there is any truth to movies and TV series, then it’s probably safe to assume that, mostly cheaply acquired and isolated homes in America are haunted; with history of brutal deaths taking place inside.
Again, most haunted houses are characterized with restless ghosts terrorizing the tenants of the house until their wrongful deaths are uncovered and justice served or their connection to the house removed.
Some movies start with some daring youth going into a haunted house with video cameras to ‘see for themselves’ which mostly doesn’t end well. But to live in a house where you can see or feel the ghosts hovering all about, cooking, chatting, fighting, totally unbothered by your presence in the house? I’m sure some adventurous Caucasians would consider it their ideal home!
I say it in admiration to our western counterparts because unlike their movies which portray bravery, ours is usually characterized with paralyzing fear and no curiosity whatsoever to ‘see things for ourselves.’ If it is indeed haunted, we want nothing to do with it. Reminds me of the Hogwarts School in Harry Potter. The ghosts went about their business whiles the school went about theirs. Funny that I never saw the scenes as scary; just interesting.
Taking the other part, living as a ghost isn’t something I aspire. When you’re dead, it’s only fair to have your soul/spirit rest in peace. Why go through all the troubles in life only to relieve your most terrible day over and over again confined to one place? It’s entrapment in the worst form and also in reference, it reminds me of an episode in the series, Vampire Diaries.
Such a fate leads to helplessness, knowing no matter how differently you try to go through the day, things will always end the same way: terrible. It will be like suffering in your personal hell: with little hope of salvation. Who knows, you will end up being one of the stereotypical ghosts who terrorizes the new family that moves in the house you’re entrapped in, hoping that they can help put you to rest.
Considering the fact that, I get easily spooked, I’d rather choose living in a haunted house with ghosts minding their business than actually being the ghost. It would be like watching a Supernatural episode every day in the comfort of your home!
What about you? Which one would you rather choose and why? Kindly share your thoughts and thanks for reading!
© Josephine Amoako 2018