The Ghost Story!
There is a true story in Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” about a judge in Yugoslavia who had an unfortunate accident. He was “electrocuted” when he reached up to turn on the light while standing in the bathtub. His wife found his body sprawled on the bathroom floor. She called for help–friends and neighbors, police–everyone showed up. He was pronounced dead and taken to the funeral home. The local radio picked up the story and broadcast it allover the air.
In the middle of the night, the judge regained consciousness. When he realized where he was, he rushed over to alert the night watchman, who promptly ran off, terrified. The first thought of the judge was to phone his wife and reassure her. But he got no further than, “Hello darling, it’s me,” when she screamed and fainted.
He tried calling a couple of the neighbors, but they all thought it was some sort of a sick prank. He even went so far as to go to the homes of several friends, but they were all sure he was a ghost and slammed the door in his face.
Finally, he was able to call a friend in the next town who hadn’t heard of his death. This friend was able to convince his family and other friends that he really was alive.
– True story from Ripley’s “Believe it or not”
“It is easier to destroy an atom than to destroy a prejudice.” Albert Einstein.
Prejudice and superstition are two of the worst malaise that afflict the human kind. The sooner we get rid of them, the better for us.