posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 11:22 PM
This isn't intended to be mean spirited rant, but rather a rant of observation and recommendation.
I've been lurking here at ATS for years. Many more years than what my account shows. Often do I lurk, rarely do I post. Over that time, I've
noticed an increasing trend. The paranoia and hysteria here at ATS is reaching ludicrous speed. Ebola is the hot topic of the month, and I'm going
to use that as an example.
I started to count the number of Ebola threads that have been made since it started making news several months ago, but I was defeated due to my lack
of patience. There are just...too...many! It's a deadly disease that warrants attention, no doubt. But I think many of us need to take a step
back, relax, and read more than what we post.
How many times have you opened an Ebola thread and read "information" about it that turned out to be wrong information? Or, when scrolling through
a thread, how many times are people going back and forth about wrong or irrelevant information? This doesn't apply to just ebola, either. Every 3-4
months a new major topic pops up that gets half the people here in a total uproar only for it to fade away over a short period. Very few topics truly
require the response and attention that they get.
One of the problems with modern society, is our instant judgement. Information is instant, and so must our response to it be. We must have an
opinion and that opinion must be mentioned immediately, despite how much about it we really know. I come onto ATS because there is a broad wealth of
knowledge that is shared here that is far better than the MSM alternative. But it's becomming harder and harder to sift through that knowledge when
it's watered down in merky waters of chaotic B.S.
My style doesn't work for everyone. I always sit back, read, educate, observe and interprut. I keep my opinions to a minimum until I feel
absolutely confident that my opinions cary as much factual support as possible. I like the waters clear and smooth so I can see through it and find
Paranoia is a harsh word to describe the response that some people lean towards, but it is befitting of some. The global pandemic isn't so much
ebola (though, please, don't take me wrong...it's a terrible virus), it isn't events like December 21 2012, it isn't even politics/politicians.
It's us...it's the people who freak about a spark, blow wind on it and turn it into a raging wildfire where there shouldn't be one. We call out
our government leaders when they spread lies, we call out our MSM when they spread the propaganda...but how often do we call out ourselves for
spreading their fires for them?
I urge you (not all, but some) to take a deep breath, relax, be informed and use reason and logic before starting a new thread or even replying to
one. Be kind to one another. If someone is trolling or being unreasonable...don't feed into their paranoia...don't spread their wildfire for them.
I hope this gets across in the proper context...and I hope one day, the murky waters are clear again.