So glad to see you made it! My, we throw down the gauntlet right off the proverbial bat, don't we? Good!
First of all, I, too, could utilize your "catchall" reasoning to explain my belief in the existence of spirits and life after death and paranormal phenomena by saying what you said -- which is, to paraphrase, "The sum total of my life's experience tells me that there ARE such things..." However, I shall be more forthcoming than that...
Let's see... To paraphrase your assertions:
Your sum of experience precipitates your leaning toward a state of mind which says:
1) A loving, caring God does not exist.
2) Spirits, ghosts and the soul do not exist.
3) Precognition, ESP, clarivoyance and associated phenomena do not happen.
Have I got that correctly?
Let's start with number one:
If you do not believe that a "loving, caring 'God' " exists, am I then to assume that, for your part, a "hating, removed 'God' " DOES exist? OR that NO entity which one could name as "God" exists? Please clarify.
2) Since it is completely impossible for any one person to witness every single event happening in every single corner of the known universe, I would assume that -- rather than you saying "Spirits, ghosts, and the soul do not exist." (A statement which would, I'm sure you'll agree, be most egocentric in its implication...) -- you mean to say, "I do not find any physical proof which I can verify that tells me that spirits, ghosts, or souls exist." Yes?
I think that what I said about such a disclaimer being "egocentric" in its implications is the issue which lies at the heart of your statement. My husband (a 'Georgia Farm Boy' and a VERY practical, skeptical, and linear-thinking person if there ever was one...) puts this issue very well. You see, this man who was raised his entire life to skoff at such ideas as "ghosts" actually witnessed one while on duty in Viet Nam during the war. He says:
"Anyone who says they don't believe in ghosts just hasn't ever seen one, that's why."
While the point I am trying to make may seem 'simplistic' -- nevertheless, I believe it to be the ultimate truth as far as this question is concerned. And that truth is:
"Because I cannot be in all places at all times, I cannot with logic and conviction discount any activity or so-called phenomena as 'ghosts, spirits, or souls of the dead'. The fact that many different and diverging human beings have witnessed or other experienced encounters which they describe as 'ghosts, spirits, or the souls of those who have departed this earth through death' lends more creedence to the existence of these entities than it does not. Because I cannot, with logic and conviction, call every single person who professes such knowlege a 'liar' without substantial reason to do so. "
It is what I call "The China Rule" which says:
"Just because I have never been to China, does not mean that it does not exist."
(I make the same argument for the case of precognition, ESP, clarivoyance, etc. as the above...)
"Don't MAKE me get my flying monkeys!"