Philosophy of Life 05


Do ghosts really exist?


◆ Pros
 Although some people do not believe it, I believe that ghosts exist for the three following reasons.
 The first reason is that the fact that there is a word “ghosts” means that they exist at least on a conceptual level. Love exists. Hate exists. Pleasure exists. Suffering exists. So do ghosts. The concept of ghosts exists, which means ghosts exist.
 The second reason is that there are many people who have seen them. I do not think that they all lied. Some of them must have said the truth. Even if it was an illusion, at least in their head, ghosts did exist at the moment they saw them. We say we had a dream. Dreams exist. The same thing can be said about ghosts. We sometimes had a ghost. Ghosts exist.
 The third reason is that there are many things which modern science still cannot explain about. Ghosts may exist not only in the conceptual world but also in this physical world and there is no proof that they don’t for now.
 For the aforementioned reasons, I believe that ghosts exist.
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◆ Cons
 Although some people believe it, I do not believe that ghosts exist for the two following reasons.
 The first reason is that it does not make any sense that ghosts wear clothes. If they are ghosts how come they are wearing clothes? For argument's sake, let's assume that ghosts can be visible in the form of human body sometimes but why are they wearing clothes? Don’t ghosts pass through walls? Well, it is impossible for clothes to pass through walls.
 The second reason is that body and spirit are not different things. Spirit is only one of the functions of human brain and the brain is a part of body. Therefore spirit is a part of body, one function of body. If body loses its function completely, so does spirit too. If body is gone, so is spirit too.
 All the aforementioned things suggest that ghosts are just an illusion which human brain creates. Many people do not want to accept the fact that if we die, we will just become nothingness, and that’s all. That is why they want to believe in ghosts. However, in reality there is no such thing as ghosts. Hence, I do not believe that ghosts exist.
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Date:July 14, 2013


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