Clarissa Johal: Thoughtful Thursday-Loch Ness Monster

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday-Loch Ness Monster

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Recently, there was a story in the news claiming that the image of the Loch Ness monster had been captured by satellite. The image has since been debunked as composite of several different satellite images of...a boat wake. This is a huge disappointment for believers, as you can guess. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed myself.

Reports and sightings of the Loch Ness monster go back as early as the 6th century. Why no hard evidence? Some would say Nessie, as the creature has come to be known, is nothing more than folklore. Others claim that the elusive cryptid is there, we just haven't been lucky enough to find it yet (or manage a good photo).  But does it matter? It kind of runs along the same lines as proving the existence of ghosts or fairies. Proof isn't necessarily required. People need to believe in something. When we hit our pre-teen years (or sooner) adults take away our Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. What's left? Taxes, bills and mowing the lawn. Nothing fun. As adults, we read of Nessie being debunked and nod our heads sagely, because we know monsters "can't possibly" exist. It's kind of sad, really.

I think I'll choose to turn a blind eye to all this debunking, thank you very much.

I support you, Nessie devotees. Regardless of this latest story, the Loch Ness monster is out there, swimming wild and free. We just haven't found her yet.
Sometimes adults need to believe in something too.


Heather R. Holden said...

I agree, there's no harm in believing in something, be it the Loch Ness monster or anything else...

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