a reply to: Rodinus
I am 29 years of age now, but I joined in 2007.
The more time that passes since I joined this site, the more totally I forget what lead me here specifically. I think it had something to do with
having seen some chinese lanterns for the first time, at extreme distance, and probably getting all excited because they did not look like aircraft.
Searching such things using google in 2007 pretty much immedately would have returned a result involving ATS, so it is probable that this is how I
arrived here. I could be utterly, and completely mistaken however. What I do know, is why I come back day after day, week after week.
The fact is, that when I was a youngster at school, and indeed in my personal, physical life these days, I did not, and do not get to discuss the
things that make my neurons fire in a pleasing fashion. Most people in my life do not want to talk about politics, or the sciences, or anything of any
particular importance what so ever. Many people, now, just as then, just want to get through the day without interacting with anything more
complicated than their toaster.
I went through YEARS of having no base to develop my intellectual capacity from, other than researching things in isolation, and I was STARVED of
good conversation, of anything that I could actually sharpen my mind, and my manner of discourse upon. When I say that I remember the reason I come
back here every day, it is because this website, unlike every other location on the net, or in my physical life, is a place where I can discuss the
issues of the day with people who care about them, have informed opinions on them, or are at least able to appreciate the ability to learn from
someone elses point of veiw.
I may well have said something very similar before, but that does not mean that it should not be said at least once more. I love this website,
because it offered me the chance to actually feed my mind, in a world which seemed devoid of all potential sources of nourishment specific to that
organ. I will never be able to verbally or textually encapsulate, the degree of my appreciation and gratitude to the owners, administrators,
moderators, and members of this site, for making it what it is, for making it possible for a place like this to exist at all.
This is one of the greatest assemblages of human beings, that I have ever had the honour of HEARING of, let alone being a part of, and I am extremely
proud to be one of this most esteemed number.