I am not sure if this is the thing one should blog about or not but I have decided to go ahead and take the plunge. One day last week I was fortunate enough to get to catch up with some relatives and we were talking about one thing or another. I can’t remember exactly how the conversation segued into the rather obscure subject of Bigfoot, or Sasquatch as the more sophisticated refer to him, or her, but it did. We were laughing and joking about the show Monsterquest on The History Channel and about all of the rubes that contend they have seen said mythical beast.
We were about five to ten minutes into the discussion when one of my aunts proclaimed, “The reason they never find a dead one is because he’s a demon!” At first I wasn’t certain what to think of this. I wanted to laugh but felt it would be inappropriate, because she didn’t intend for it to be funny. I know that those of you who know me are asking, "since when has that ever stopped him?" but I do have SOME tact from time to time. Anyway to move along, she did manage to point out that there are some characteristics about Sasquatch that are consistent with the spiritual world, but they are also equally identifiable with Santa Clause in that no one has ever found a dead one yet thousands of people claim to have seen him. In case you’re wondering, yes, I was quick to point out that no one had ever found a dead Santa Clause either but that didn’t mean he was a demon.
Fortunately, Good Old Uncle Keith was there to side with me in that if ever there were such a shaggy beast combing the forests and eating owl carcasses and what not, he was probably not of a satanic or demonic nature but rather just a misplaced primate that had pituitary issues.
So this prompted me to think about the subject of Bigfoot on a broader scope. I don’t think he exists. I wish he did. I think it would be cool to find out after all these years that there was such a thing. I have to admit that I do enjoy the occasional show on History or Discovery Channels about BF and other fabled monsters but I don’t hold any stock in their existence.
I think that people need to believe in something that can not be explained or “fixed” by conventional scientific explanations. This is so that we can keep the flame of creativity and imagination burning. As long as we can conceive of things that can’t be explained it allows us to constantly ask, “But what if…” as it pertains to a world where fantasy and folly are just as important as science and technological innovation.
In some way it seems like the more technologically advanced we become the more we actually need things that can’t easily be explained and identified. Of course the most obvious example of this is religion, but that is different because religion doesn’t ask us to solve the riddle, it just asks us to accept things based on faith, thus making it an inherent belief as opposed to a question or riddle that must be solved.
I guess what I am trying to say is that because we now realize the futility of tilting windmills we might need these other things such as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster or any other of the litany of so called monsters to keep us connected with the world of “What if’s…” If Bigfoot did exist and if one were captured or found dead in the road after having been caressed by a semi then I think that the entire world might actually be a little let down, because the mystery would have died. I think it is the mystery that people enjoy discussing more than the actual beasts themselves. If we discovered that Bigfoot were real, one can’t help but realize that six months after the first few news conferences and countless TV programs had aired, the allure of discussing the beast would be gone. All of the questions would have been answered and we would no longer need to wonder.
So that being said, maybe it is a good thing that your aunt and uncle can almost come to blows about whether Bigfoot be flesh and blood or demonic… What would be the fun in knowing for certain?