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Lately, I’ve noticed that there have been a lot of search inquiries to the phrase “De Omnibus Dubitandum,” which so happens to be the title of this blog, and it has lead a lot of people here. To their misfortune, however, the meaning or translation of that phrase is nowhere to be found… until now.

De Omnibus Dubitandum means “All is to be doubted.” It’s Latin of course, and the phrase is attributed to Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the notable French philosopher.

I’m quite fond of the phrase because it serves as the foundation for those with a skeptical, independent, free, and inquisitive mind. Some of us have this by nature, an innate desire to demand proof and evidence before latching on to a belief system or ideology. In others, this desire needs to be cultivated.

Unfortunately, the struggle between society’s demanding of conformity and the individual’s desire to live freely causes great stress in the lives of all of us. That stress varies in intensity whereas some barely notice the symptoms while others develop a kind of neurosis. Regardless, doubt, doubt, doubt!

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Ghosts you say?

A close friend of mine sent me this link to a video on ghosts, and since Halloween is only a few days away I thought I would share it. Some of you will find it fascinating and others will be skeptical. Either way, enjoy!


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Raising Hell

ouija-board.jpgI was raised in a family where talk of the supernatural and paranormal were discussed frequently. Ghosts and demons were spoken of as if they were as real as the neighbors across the street. Within all of the late-night storytelling, however, there was one consistent theme: absolutely never play with a Ouija board. “They’re doorways to things you don’t want to mess with,” my mother always said. I didn’t listen…

When I was 16 years old, my girlfriend and I went to visit her father who lived in a small town in West Virginia. He was a plastic surgeon and owned an old plantation house that dated back to the mid-1800’s. It had been perfectly remodeled, but new paint and other cosmetics could not disguise its aged look and feel.

We arrived at the house late in the evening, delayed due to the heavy rainstorm that was affecting the area. Broken trees had fallen from strong gusts of wind onto the town’s main roads making hasty travel difficult. At the home, we found her father’s associates in attendance for his annual Halloween party, dressed in costumes, laughing, and drinking heavily.

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