I am 35, married, an American of Europeanish descent, a father of two, have a mundane office jobbee job, drive a subaru, have a dog, you get the picture, nothing special. Not infrequently I am afraid of the dark, have bad dreams that make me unable
I did a quick search and didn’t see this asked, although it may have been I am 35, married, an American of Europeanish descent, a father of two, have a mundane office jobbee job, drive a subaru, have a dog, you get the picture, nothing special. I am technically “agnostic” about all thigns supernatural (i put religion in that category), but functionally an “athiest” (or skeptic or whatever). By this I mean that I do not claim to ultimatley know the nature of the universe. There may well be things that go bump in the night, or people who are psychic, or vengeful gods of dessert peoples that created everything in 6 days, but on a day to day basis I treat all that as untrue.
The point that I am taking too long to get to is this. Despite my mundane world view, I am not infrequently very afraid at night, have bad dreams of the boogeyman variety that make me so scared that I am unable to go back to sleep (sometimes with strong emotional reactions, eg crying), get fully, heart stoppingly, creeped out by sppoky old buildings, etc. In short I am afraid of what I do not believe exists. It would be like me worrying whether Santa Claus was going to come this year.
I am not particularly baffled by this, I know that there are things I understand intellectually but can’t make my lizard brain understand (although it hsould be noted that I never pray or anything like that, even in crisis situations, so at least my lizard brain has figured that out). I was just wondering who else has a similar inconsistancy in there world view versus emotional reaction. I am not talking about the usual “see a scary movie and suspend your disbelief for two hours”. I mean more of the “no part of me believes in X, yet in certain situations I behave as if X is 100% real”.
I did a quick search and didn’t see this asked, although it may have been addressed.