“Suppose you were told there was a tiger in the next room: you would know you were in danger and would probably feel fear. But if you were told “There is a ghost in the next room”, and believed it, you would feel, indeed, what is often called fear, but of a different kind. It would not be based on the knowledge of danger, for no one is primarily afraid of what a ghost might do to him, but of the mere fact that it is a ghost. It is “uncanny” rather than dangerous, and the special kind of fear it excites may be called Dread.” (1)
“When man passes from physical fear to dread and awe, he makes a sheer jump, and apprehends something which could never be given, as danger is, by the physical facts and logical deductions from them… Either [dread] is a mere twist in the human mind, corresponding to nothing objective and serving no biological function, yet showing no tendency to disappear from the mind at its fullest development in poet, philosopher, or saint: or else it is a direct experience of the really supernatural, to which the name Revelation might properly be given.” (2)
We fear creatures that, when questioned, we declare non-existent. Is this an inkling that there is more to life than the everyday physical world that we find ourselves in? Why as our culture increasingly attempts to explain all phenomena in scientific terms, does this odd sense of dread linger?
I believe that this sense of dread points to the fact there is indeed more to reality than meets our physical senses. I believe there is a supernatural realm. Many of you may not agree with my last assertion, but I think there is a sense of the spiritual or supernatural that our rational, scientific culture suppresses. However, it still lingers underneath, allowed out on certain occasions, such as Halloween, when it floods out.
(1) C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (London: Harper One, 2001), 5-6.
(2) Ibid, 9-10.