What You Don’t Know
by Geralyn Ruane
â€œHave you ever read anything about Bigfoot not
being able to drive?â€ fromâ€œBigfoot Stole My Wifeâ€ by Ron Carlson
Does Bigfoot exist? How about ghosts? Love at first sight? Angels? Rodents Of Unusual Size? God?
There are tons of people out there who will tell you that Bigfoot is a myth. Others who will say there are no such things as ghosts or angels. Some will claim R.O.U.Sâ€™s donâ€™t exist and still others who will fashion elaborate arguments to disprove the existence of God. And Iâ€™ll never forget that Shakespeare class in college in which scores of students were jumping in to snort that â€œCome on! Thereâ€™s no such thing as love at first sight.â€
But how do all these naysayers know?
Are they truly omniscient? Or are they playing the odds, deciding that an idea is simply too preposterous to credit? But how preposterous is â€œtoo preposterous?â€ A hairy man-beast bushwhacking through the woods of the Pacific Northwest? Heavenly creatures helping out those all across the prairie, from sea to shining sea? A black man running for president?
If you stop thinking you know so much for a sec, isnâ€™t it wonderful how many things in this world are possible?
Maybe ghosts and God and angels and Bigfoot and unicorns and ESP do exist â€“ maybe they donâ€™t. I honestly donâ€™t know. I believe in some of them, not in others. But Iâ€™m not going to turn my beliefs on others and allow my ideas to morph into The Truth, into The Way It Is.
Suppose all those people out there who believe in Bigfoot turned this belief into The Truth â€“ The Bigfoot Is Real Party. Then suppose the Bigfooters decided to disenfranchise, imprison, torture or kill all those people who didnâ€™t believe in Bigfoot, because universal belief in Bigfoot was so very important to them. What a mess. And like Bigfoot would even care.
Itâ€™s the very fact that others are free not to believe in Bigfoot and to live their lives as if Bigfoot does not exist that keeps the beliefs of the Bigfooters safe. The idea that reiki might be good for Sasquatch may be considered silly by some, but allowing for the possibility is what keeps liberty alive.
When she was growing up, Geralyn loved drawing horses and nurtured a huge crush on three members of Duran Duran. But to keep from seeming too painfully clichÃ©, she pretended that she did not like reading the magazine Young Miss. These days she co-hosts the radio show Better Times After 50 on AdviceRadio.com. Her short story â€œJane Austen Meets the New York Giantsâ€ is published in the New York Times Bestselling anthology The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2.