The Phantom Voice
At some point or another, everyone in North America hears about something pertaining to a “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch.” Typically described as a large, bipedal ape-man, this creature has captivated Americans and Canadians for over one hundred years. But despite a wide interest, no one has managed to produce concrete evidence of the beast’s existence. This is certainly not due to a lack of effort. There is a constant stream of men and women venturing into the woods with a camera, hoping to prove to the world that Bigfoot is real.
It goes without saying that there is no such thing as Bigfoot, and that the people who spend their lives searching for him are horribly misguided. They have some convincing arguments, sure, but at the end of the day, a population of large primates would not be able to survive undetected for so long, especially so close to human civilization. “Patty” was a man in a suit, and anyone who tries to tell you that they have some sort of indisputable proof is either lying or insane. But they can’t all be malicious or crazy, can they? Why would seemingly normal people honestly believe in something so radical, so obviously not real?
The legend of Bigfoot began with Native American stories told to settlers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Details differed from tribe to tribe, but the general idea remained the same: there exists a large, hairy man in the woods. At the time, the western half of the continent was fairly loosely populated, and much of the wilderness was unexplored. If someone back then said that there was a hairy monster living in the woods, we would have taken it a lot more seriously than we would now. The problem is that we failed to outgrow the belief in the creature. Instead of recognizing the myth for what it was, we tried to apply science to it, treating Bigfoot as an actual organism rather that a fantasy creature akin to a unicorn. There are actual scientific discussions pertaining to Bigfoot. With that in mind, we shouldn’t really be surprised that so many people continue to believe.