Unwelcome Visitors: Ghosts from the Past

The fact that the older one gets the more history one has is self-evident. As the years pass the distance between the Past and the Present lengthens. Most of what we experience isn’t new, which is why those suffering dementia will forget the face of someone they just met but remember in vivid detail the faces of those they knew in the distant past. Most of the time when the present races into the past it is trapped there forever.

But not always. There are people, places and events that stubbornly refuse to be so consigned. Instead they fight their entrapment even as they lose their physicality and are relegated to the shadows of the present. Yet being mere shadows does not mean they are completely powerless. After all even a shadow can momentarily blind and cause a hunter to miss his quarry. The further in the past they go only seems to strengthen their resolve, and they struggle even harder to achieve relevance. What begins as a single missed shot becomes another and another until finally one is either forced to go home hungry or confront the past.

But how? The world has changed. Everyone and everything is different; only the ghost remains unaffected by the passage of time. It does not belong in the Present which is why it has been stripped of its corporeality and relegated to the shadows. Yet it refuses to accept this punishment.

How does one end the haunting?

I need to know because the ghosts are piling up on one another, and the older I get the more reality flickers with their presence. It becomes more difficult to see the fabric of the present which in turn leads to even more mistakes that then beget even more ghosts. I’m beginning to wonder whether if one lives long enough reality is lost completely behind the misty veils of forgotten dreams, mistakes and the well-intentioned paths not chosen. Perhaps senility is a manifestation of Divine Mercy, allowing the ghosts to embody themselves in the minds of those so stricken so that they are happy and no longer torment their victims.

 

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