Why I Do Not Believe in the Bermuda Triangle

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I started my freshman year, I made myself a subconscious promise to live up to the pseudo-intellectual stereotype of a college student. To this day, I do not know if my love for coffee is pure or an arbitrary socialization I have incorporated to fit into a certain demographic of young students in their twenties that surround me. However, there is one thing I actively allowed myself to stop believing in: The Bermuda Triangle.

photo credit: Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane A steamer passing Grønningen lighthouse, Kristiansand via photopin (license)

photo credit: Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane A steamer passing Grønningen lighthouse, Kristiansand via photopin (license)

We have all heard about this mighty suspicious section of the Atlantic Ocean known for disappearances, death, and disaster. This alliteration almost always attracts individuals to superstitions and conspiracy theories that make for excellent non-political dinner conversations, but two and a half years ago I decided to let that go.

Why is it so hard for the human being to think of some things as inexplicable? When allowed to believe that an incident happened because of some fearful element instead of researched facts, some people will choose the former option. To an extent, I guess I understand why: it is more fun, more conversational, and definitely more sellable. Where is the drama in well-researched facts?

As for myself, I’ve learned that there are many other ways to feel a thrill that do not involve maneuvering actual science into a legend.  Roller-coasters, cooking shows, petting a dog. (Horror movies for those with a stronger heart than mine). I also learned that there is something important in acknowledging that real life, hard facts, are not always an episode of a soap opera. Most times, they are nonfiction documentaries.

One of the other reasons I had to let my belief in the Bermuda Triangle go is because there are so many more important things to talk about! My idealistic self will not shy away from talking about politics at the dinner table, social justice issues on the T, or job hunts at a cafe. Truth be told, I do not have the time to think about the Bermuda Triangle.

Here is the college twist to my post: the Bermuda Triangle is actually a symbol for every erroneous fact out there in the world, real or virtual. The Bermuda Triangle can symbolize conspiracy theories or just sources of information that we should not be considering actual news. For me, it symbolizes the latter. If there is anything writing an endless amount of term papers has taught me is that I should research my arguments.

In fact, if there is anything the current global climate has taught me is that I cannot believe every single thing people on television (or on any other famous platform) say! A position of authority is not synonymous to a fountain of information. So, if there is one final thing I want to say is that while I may never know the actual answer to the authenticity of my love for coffee, I will never believe in Bermuda-Triangle-like information just because I am told I should; neither should you.

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feature photo credit: Pavel Vanka “Russkiye Vityazi” (Russian Knights) via photopin (license)

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Hansika Ramchandani

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Hansika Ramchandani is a Junior double majoring in History and International Relations. She loves it when you laugh at all of her [not] funny jokes and accept the fact that she needs yet another cup of coffee.

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