This week we will be discussing ethics as they apply to the paranormal community. First, let’s look at the definition of what ethics are.
Dictionary.com defines ethics as:
1) A system of moral principles
2) The rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.
3) Moral principles, as of an individual
4) The branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions
WHETHER YOU ARE a seasoned member of a ghost-hunting group or an occasional investigator who likes to participate around Halloween or at special events, there are rules you must follow. Too often we have heard of ghost-hunting groups that seem to operate without any rules at all, and the result is almost always chaos, bad evidence, sometimes even illegal activity and injury.
Every ghost-hunting group should have a set of bylaws by which it operates, and these should be written down, agreed to, and pledged to by every member of the group. Yes, these investigations can be fun, but they must also be taken seriously and handled professionally – especially when the investigation is in someone’s home.