This is my first attempt at an OT thread, so if I suck, I apologize in advance.
Since the month I get to do this is in October, though, I find I have all kinds of non-baseball related topics to go with. Appropriately, October 12th is the day known by some as "Freethought Day", something I never knew existed. Though rambling in an OT fanpost isn't exactly the spirit of the day, I still find the general idea of free thinking to be what these threads are all about. It does, however, fit the title I gave this post. Witches, even back in those dark days in Salem, were fantasy, but drove people to a terrible fear. That fear became reality for many, especially those who faced the accusations and were punished for them. It seems that there is an awful lot of these kinds of contradictions for the month of October.
No contradiction more apt than Halloween, which remains a very misunderstood day of celebration. People all over dress up in any kind of fantasy setting they can think of to remind ourselves that scary can be fun. The reality of actually being Jason from Friday the 13th is horrifying, but that isn't going to stop me from scaring the pants off of children. The reality of over consuming candy is also not heeded. Who seriously wants to be reminded of diabetes and tooth decay when you're snacking on fun sized Snickers bars?
Honestly, the world is a place full of problems, dangers, and terrifying things, but if we thought about them all the time, we'd probably go mad. This is why people immerse themselves into horror movies, or extreme sports, or violent video games. We like the thrill and the danger, we like the fact that we don't have to care about reality for a while. We like... to forget.