I used to be a huge fan of the X-files.
Alien conspiracy, supernatural stuff, all kinds of government involvement.
One surprising thing about that show was it led to the idea of the “Chris Carter” effect, after the shows creator and main writer.
The show was on for several years, and if you aren’t familiar, it was about a couple of FBI agents who were investigating all kinds of ESP type stuff.
As the seasons progressed, it seemed to be leading up to some kind of “grand unification” of conspiracy theories, but it just kind of ended without much resolution.
Later, Carter admitted that he was just making it up as he went along, and he really didn’t have much of a plan how he was going to tie everything together.
So whenever a TV show seems to be spinning out of control, they call it the “Chris Carter” effect.
But what I really liked about the show was how the two characters interpreted the supernatural events they were studying.
One was a firm believer in the paranormal, while the other was a firm believer in science.
No matter what happened, they both had their own, plausible explanation of the event, no matter how seemingly strange. One explanation was based on UFO’s, ESP or shape shifting technology, and the other explanation was always based on known science.
A lot of the metaphors we carry around with us are the same way. Take the “Law of Attraction” for example. It can be explained according to paranormal ideas, ideas we can’t readily explain with science.
It can also be explained by purely biological, chemical, and physical processes, that most of us don’t have the time or brain power to comprehend.
Just like in the X-files, both explanations are completely valid and logical.
The truth is that few people are absolutely “right” when it comes to their description of reality.
Sure, you can waste a lot of time trying to satisfy your ego that “your” ideas are “correct” and everybody else simply doesn’t “get it,” or you can simply use whatever ideas work best for you, so you can more easily get what you want out of life.
Instead of focusing on the method, focus on the outcome. The world and reality is mysterious enough so that you’ll find the support and help you need.
And unlike Chris Carter, you won’t be simply “making it up as you go along.” With a specific end in mind, you’ll be creating something MUCH better.