Anyway... I was understandably excited when I heard that Destination Truth was returning with all new episodes tonight. And of course, as I have a habit of doing lately, I started thinking more deeply about the show, and pondering some of life's more philosophical questions.
If you haven't seen the show, the premise is that Josh and his team travel all over the world searching for "the truth" about all sorts of mysterious animals/creatures that people have claimed to encounter. They do the whole serious investigative thing, researching the thing's background, talking to experts, interviewing witnesses, and then going out into the believed habitat with lots of expensive equipment and attempting to make contact.
Now, I've never actually seen an episode where they find any proof of anything that they are looking for. (They closest they've come, I think, is having some "unexplained" experiences.) But the show is still immensely entertaining. They're silly, and like to have fun, and they do good-naturedly poke some fun at some of the things they encounter - mostly the food and accommodations they have to deal with.
But what I really like is that even with all of the joking and silliness, they still, for the most part, seem to take the investigations completely seriously. No matter how outlandish the claims may seem, Josh still interviews the witnesses with what at least appears to be complete honesty and interest in their story. And he and the team members always seem to be completely open to the possibility that they might actually encounter the Moroccan Succubus or the Guam Zombies (both of which were actual investigations.)
How many of us could actually say that we approach life with that kind of open-mindedness? How quick are we to dismiss something just because it sounds "weird" or unbelievable? Do we go through life really wanting to know the truth about things, or are we happier using our preconceived notions to shield ourselves from anything that might be different or foreign to us?
I may not be jetting off to any exotic locations any time soon, and I may not physically be up to some of the harrowing adventures that they have. But I hope that I can learn to be more like them, and always keep an open mind when it comes to the unknown. I think that will make it much more likely that I will recognize the truth - whatever it may be - when I see it.