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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Is That All You Got?

There are many bigfoot/sasquatch/cryptid groups on Facebook nowadays. Hundreds of them, I'm sure. Some are closed, some open, some private. But they are there.

And that's a good thing, for the most part. They are varied in what they cover -- with rules of conduct, without; with restricted types of posts, free for all; add everyone, have everyone request membership; give us your opinion, shut up if you don't agree.

If you don't agree with me, go away.

If you don't think like I think, be quiet.

If you don't believe everything I post, leave.

Hmm. How sad.

For by having that type of attitude, you have now reduced your group into a sad company of "yes, men".

There will be no discussion of the merits of your post. There will be no learning experiences. There will be no sharing of varied theories or information. 

It will become a fan club of your favorite idea of the day.

I suggest you add that to the title of the group. "Joe Blow's Fan Club for his ideas about Bigfoot".

Or perhaps you could add it to the description of the group so that those thinking of joining could better understand.

"Warning !! Those who disagree with what I say and the type of posts I want in this group should not apply."

And it's not just that people get a little prickly when someone questions or chooses to disagree with them -- whether comment made or post shared.

It's the almost instant resort to insults and belittling.

Why do we have to attack people who have a different idea? Why do we have to 'ape' [no pun intended - cause sasquatch isn't an ape] society and be fragmented and nasty?

Can no one discuss things in an adult manner anymore? Since when do we feel we have to go on a personal attack if someone doesn't agree that there are 9 bigfoot in that shadowy, zoomed in, out of focus photo?

The one that really gets me is a new variation of "Get out in the woods instead of sitting in your armchair!".  Or the newer "Get boots on the ground!".  The latest and greatest response is : "Well, if you can't see what I see in the photo, then you have never seen a bigfoot or interacted with them."

Wow. Zing. Wounded me.


I read that accusation made to someone that I know. And personally know that they spend more time out in the wilderness, looking for evidence, than most other people. His writings are published, both internet and book form, he is a film maker. But he was told he needed to get out into the woods and get some experience.  

Know who you are insulting before you type the words.

I shake my head a lot in some of these groups. I know, I could just ignore or leave them. But it's valuable information for me in my research. It does help me to know just who the 'players' are in this community.

It shows me the "Everything is Bigfoot" crowd; the "Pretenders"; the "Thieves"; the "Wannabes"; the "Trolls". The list goes on.

It shows me whether that person can be trusted or not. 

And it is sad. Because some day, one of the "Hopefuls" might just actually get authentic, viewable, easily discerned photographs of a cryptid. And it will be like the boy who cried 'wolf'. No one, except their little fan club, will believe them.

But maybe that will be enough for them.


"I'll spark the thought; what you do with it is up to you."
 "Those that know, need no further proof. Those that don't, should not demand it from others, but seek it for themselves."

This Post By TCC Team Member Nancy Marietta. Nancy has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal and cryptids. Nancy is also a published author and her book, The Price of war, has been met with great reviews.

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