If nobody believed in superstition it would be unable to hurt anyone
How a vague sighting easily becomes exaggerated as a convincing vision!
MORAL: People have been proven to exaggerate vague visions and present them as clearer and more convincing than they actually were. The Coptic Orthodox Church is guilty of approving such visions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFZfWWeAGiM
The apparitions at Zeitoun in Egypt are interesting in that a white messy shape was interpreted by many viewers as the Virgin Mary thus proving how when people see something that might be supernatural to their minds that they can see what they want or expect to see. A shape that does not look like a woman at all can nevertheless be interpreted as a clear vision of Mary by the devout.
"A social scientist present at Zeitoun during one of the Virgin's appearances there reports that she did not see the Virgin, but did see a white light in the area where the people around her said they were seeing the Virgin (Nelson, 1973:6). From page 118, The Cult of the Virgin Mary, Psychological Origins, Michael P Carroll, Princeton, New Jersey, 1986).
Even more telling that most photos show a light and terribly few show anything that could be taken for a woman. And even then it is what you would expect from chance and from how people see shapes and people where there are in fact no real shapes or people. The brain sees patterns where there are no patterns. That is human nature.
Even in clearer apparition reports there is disagreement. At Fatima, when the children said they encountered Mary there were differences in what the witnesses said though they had a good look at her. Lucia saw Mary's earrings. The others saw nothing. Francisco and Jacinta differed regarding which arm the lady's rosary hung from. He was sure that it was the right arm and Jacinta doubted that. Lucia mentioned Mary's stockings and Jacinta said there were no stockings. People say they agreed on the main points. (ibid 127). But that depends on what you consider the main points to be. Remember the main points and less important ones all become become important when the children are looking at the entity for a length of time. If you talk to somebody for ten minutes and then tell somebody that they had makeup on when they had not then you are one strange person. You couldn't miss it. In the Fatima visions, it is claimed the children had different visions - one saw things the others didn't see.
Even in apparitions where the entity seems not that different from an ordinary person, there is the problem of witnesses seeing different things and hearing different messages from her at the one time.
This information can prove significant in relation to Knock! That is an example of an apparition that was exaggerated particularly by the media and the Church and of course the clergy in charge of the shrine!
If people can take the following as an example of a true vision (Limerick 2016) and worship it then what more proof do you need that most visionaries could easily hallucinate their experiences and make them sound more coherent in the telling.