Today I found myself utterly flabbergasted by someone's behavior. To me, ATS is about discussion and debate both on a national and international
level. A place to learn and also a place to grow - at least to me. However, it is also another thing, a place where we help one another just as we
would our neighbors, a place to hang out, a place to just be us with no strings, a place for friends.
When I first came to this site I was of the Muslim faith, yet that didn't stop me from becoming friends with a member who was Jewish, or another
member with family in Israel. We had different views on some things, but it never stopped us from friendship or kindness toward one another. Just
because someone has a different view doesn't make them a thing to be hated, it makes them a person who sees things differently.
America itself was founded upon the melting pot ideals. People here have always been free to see things differently than you, and it doesn't stop us
from seeing them as the unique individuals they are - at least, how I was raised. Kindness has never once been thrown out the window in my house, no
I believe that it is against my religion in my personal beliefs to be a homosexual, but I also understand that is simply my religion and as such,
effects me - not a person who doesn't hold to the same belief. My belief therefore, will never effect the kindness or consideration and friendship
that I would thus give to someone who is homosexual. Part of the melting pot ideology I guess. Its rather ingrained in me that way.
Today on ATS I saw a thread where someone claimed they didn't know that ATS has a private messaging system with the ability to message other members.
So I thought perhaps a tutorial would be a help. So I put together a U2U tutorial, took me 30 minutes to get all the screenshots and getting my
tutorial reply all written out, but before I posted it I wanted to be able to show the member about the lit up you have mail thingy.. so I sent a
message to this person that said "for fun" so that I could explain that light in the tutorial and have it understood and seen on their own screen.
The whole thing I was doing was just about helping a new member. Just plain kindness to a neighbor, ATS style.
Now, I had never seen even one post by this guy before this one, had no idea anything about him, never seen any post on ATS before by this poster -
But his reply was absolutely shocking..He said he knows me as a US NATO Israel MSM lapdog, so forgive him when he/she ignores my u2u's...
I'm thinking seriously? I mean First I am a Libertarian, second as an ex-Muslim I have a very stand-off stance concerning US involvement overseas,
which is what probably most solidifies my Libertarian views..hell I spent two years telling people to stand against any involvement in Syria, while no
one listened.. lol..
seriously.. while I didn't know this person was online at the time because I hadn't checked.. I had just spent a bit of my time putting together
something to help a new member, and I got some serious rudeness for zero reason in the world! It was absolutely shocking to me..I mean, how many posts
of mine could this member with a handful of posts have even ever seen?
I didn't end up posting the tutorial because this person apparently knows well how to use the u2u system... but I couldn't stop thinking, where is
civility and kindness? Are people really just speaking with absolute hatred toward anyone who disagrees with them? What ever happened to the melting
pot mentality that America was founded on.. a mentality that we need desperately in order to bring debate and discussion into the world - so that we
learn from one another and perhaps get truthful information..
And I think about the riots in Baltimore, people willing to injure or kill another human being because they work in the same profession as someone who
did a wrong..someone who is willing to destroy someone's business because they are of the same race as someone who did a wrong..
What on earth has become of this world? Are we living and breathing hate now and every human kindness gone? How many of you who disagree with perhaps
one political view held by a co-worker would refuse to work with them, or refuse a kindness they offered? Is this really what is causing all this
destruction.. that we are simply so full of hate toward everyone who has a different view in life?
edit on 1-5-2015 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)