Mystery and Magic

By Hannah / 6 years ago

Mystery of Loch Ness

Since the beginning of time, people have wanted to solve the greatest mysteries of life.  Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and The Yeti are a few examples.  However, sometimes the chase is better than the actual discovery.

People are obsessed with the idea of the Loch Ness Monster.  They love the mystery around it, all the questions it brings up.  Is it real?  If so, how has it lived so long?  Was there more than one?  What has it been eating?  The list goes on and on.

Scientist and explorers want to be the one to prove or disprove the existence of Nessie.  They get support from other people, because they want to know the answer as well.  But what if those people, who have so far been able to prove nothing, finally answered the unanswerable?  What would happen then?

The mystery would be over.  If it wasn’t real, I can guarantee that people would suddenly find the Loch Ness lake a lot less interesting.  People would stop wanting to take vacations there.  Instead of telling people about the Loch Ness Monster, and ending with “But does Nessie really exist?  Perhaps we will never know…”, they will have to conclude the tale with “But it turned out that Nessie really doesn’t exist.  It was all fake.  Oh, well.”  The awe and curiosity of the unknown would be gone.

If it was real, well, that would be just as bad.  Not only would people be terrified to go anywhere near the lake, but who knows?  The government might get involved, or people concerned about safety might have it killed.  Somebody might move it to a zoo or something like that to “protect” it.  And then people would be worried about the other legends that they disapproved as fake.  Are those real?  Do we have to worry?  Proving or disproving the existence of Nessie would be chaos either way.

Should the Mystery be Solved?

I think everyone enjoys searching, but secretly doesn’t want to know the answer.  Everyone has a part of them that wants to believe the unbelievable, or see the impossible.  As much as they might deny it, people want to have a touch of magic in their lives.  At least I do.  That’s why when we go to magic shows, I don’t try to figure out the tricks.  I just enjoy the touch of magic they give us.

It is a human instinct to search for answers.  We want to be able to explain everything, to have our lives be black and white.  However, life isn’t always like that.  Sometimes you have instances like the Loch Ness Monster, or Bigfoot, where everyone seems to have a different opinion about whether they exist or not.  Still, I believe that no matter how much everyone strains to prove that their theory is right, deep, deep down, I don’t think anyone really wants the answer.  See you next week!

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