The Negative Stigma of Believing in Bigfoot
Believing in such things as Bigfoot and UFOs carries a heavy price sometimes. There is a stigma that we believers have to endure on an ongoing basis. We are called crazy, nuts and are often ask if we are on drugs. It's not very pleasant to hear these things but it happens very often.
Recently, I had made a comment on a totally different subject and of course the first reply back was a degrading comment about me believing in Bigfoot and UFOs. It's like if you believe in those types of things, you can't have any opinion or knowledge about anything thing else. If you believe in that then you are just a dumb, uneducated person or you have some serious mental issues.
While I will admit the Bigfoot field has some people who are on the fringe and they make some wild claims, but doesn't every field? Have we not had people in every field cross over the line of what is acceptable and what is not. Have not numerous unethical psychological boundaries been crossed over the years, ones that included unethical test on everything from animals to children.
In any group of study you will have some who are just on the fringe. It is the fringe that seems to get the most attention. But if you actually look into the subject of any field you will find people who are dedicated, honest and just looking to advance knowledge. This is the same with Bigfoot, UFOs and other mysterious topic.
The negativity of Bigfoot and more so with UFOs, is a by product of years of denial by the governments, in my opinion. It created a "if you seen a UFO, you are nuts" mentality that many still cling to today. Of course there are other factors involved but the media is a powerful tool that effects everyone to some degree.
Just think for a moment, if our fellow man will degrade our opinions based our belief of Bigfoot, then what would they do to someone who was in leadership or in the educational field? In many instances they would be ask to step down or to stop talking about the subject. If my memory is correct, I think it was Dr. John Bindernagel who stated that he believed his belief and pursuit of Bigfoot kept him from getting promotions. Bindernagel was a wildlife biologist who researched Bigfoot for many years. He passed away in January of 2018.
This negativity is why we don't see very many professors or leaders step up and say they have an interest in such topics. But there has been several prominent figures that have made their interest, in the subject of Bigfoot, public. For that we must applaud them as many of us know the ridicule that comes with it can, at times, be hard to bare.
And in some ways it is a little funny how others want to discredit a person based on what they say they saw. I know in my case, I know what I have seen, found and heard over the years.
I'll admit I'm not the shiniest marble in the pile but I have been around a long time and have seen many wonderful and wondrous things. So, I try not to let those who ridicule me over my thoughts on unrelated topics bother me. After all the person who is trying to discredit any of us was not there when we had our sightings or experience. And more often that not, the person has not even researched the subject at all. They have an opinion about Bigfoot, UFOs, and ghost but it is based on ZERO research of the subject. So, where and how did they form their opinion that there is nothing to it?
If people would actually dig into the subjects they would see there is a mountain of evidence of unexplained events. And that many of these sightings are from very creditable people from all walks of life. The ridicule from these people goes far beyond being a skeptic. Being skeptical is something normal, but you search for facts about the matter and make a general conclusion.These folks don't do that at all. I normally don't even reply to these folks, as I just don't have time for to spend on people so closed minded.
In the end, everyone must understand that just because a sighting is unproven that does not mean the subject itself is disproven or disproved, if you prefer.
So, let's keep working and searching for answers. Let's keep documenting reports. Let's keep on moving forward.
Have a great day!
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
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