The people of this world have finally gone off the deep end. Or have the people always been this way?
Maybe I should focus on my demographic. Who am I to judge another country? So, remember, though I feel this is the entire world, I merely judge that
with which I am most acquainted.
The United States of America: you are lost.
When I was in high school, I was annoyed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in my homeroom. It wasn't until my senior year that I even
participated. Before that, I thought, "Why am I obligated to do such a thing?"
And, in a way, I was right. It shouldn't be obligated. There should be reason behind such an action. I watched as all my classmates performed the
ceremony every day because that is what is expected. I did not. I was questioned a few times by teachers.
What I find most interesting now is that I am infuriated when I see people treat the flag with such disrespect. How is this possible?
Yet again, because I am nothing like my peers who stood up and blindly recited that which was expected of them. I am an observer. It took me a long
time to learn the reasons why. Not because anyone told me, because I really learned.
Now, most of 700+ classmates with whom I graduated see the National Ensign, or its government, or its laws, as toilet paper.
I can't help but feel that I was the only right one in the classroom at the time still. No one ever attempted, in my memory, to explain the real
reason why. No one, though there were passionate patriots who spoke, ever came up with a valid reason that was good enough for me to simply do what I
was told. That is because most people state their reasons with pure passion and neglect the reasonable explanations.
I was never moved by passion. I have found that which is logical in the form of passion and dispassion. Passion is irrelevant to reason, but passion
is relevant to the one experiencing it. To be moved by passion is, to me, a vulnerability. But to possess passion is a virtue. Does this make sense
Bernie Sanders is proof that one of the final steps to the completion of the destruction of the United States of America is at hand. Now, before, I
have placed very little stock in politics. I've always been curious, and kept up to date, and as always, I have never believed what I was told just
because it was said. I judge information first by its merit, then I judge the informer by its intent - and in that order. I have learned that
information may be valid, but may be manipulated for that which is wrong. I have also learned that information may be wrong, but the informer may be
wrong in ignorance, but be decent at any rate. What I have learned is the result of pure honesty without bias. Humans alone cannot possess that.
Read into that... I hope you do.
But did I ever think the United States of America would last forever? Nope. Never. Not even when I was fully ignorant. From the very first moment
that I learned there were other civilizations, it was immediately apparent to me that "this too, shall pass". I was indeed a little scared at the
realization because I was just a kid. Of course, why would I voice such a thing. I was ignorant and my imagination was only ammunition for those
Little did I know.... LITTLE DID I KNOW... that I would be alive to see the evidence of this moment. No way. No way Jose.
I've always been an observer. I've always been a thinker. I've seen many things. I've heard many things. I used to think what I've
experienced is normal. The more people I meet, the more that hypothesis is proven wrong. I'm still holding out, though. May I run into people with
understanding so that I might not be alone and that I remain humble.
Look at ATS. This place... it's the place of black sheep. But when you have thousands of black sheep, who then is the black sheep?
What about the white sheep that stumbles into the pen of the black sheep?
I go here because this used to be the place to hear things first. The people of the site have made ATS more about commentary about that which has
already happened. So, the original intent of ATS has been manipulated by its members to be a platform for politics and bashing instead of "higher"
thought. That's fine. That's okay. Because this is still the place to go to find the "higher" thought, in the secular. It's just more hidden.
But maybe that is a good thing.
I learn from the wisdom of others and I also learn from the stupidity of others.
You know, I've noticed that a lot of older members that registered in the early days have come back sporadically. They have few posts, but they know
how to come back. There are others also who finally register because something triggered them emotionally enough to follow through with a response.
But when that barrier is broken, now here they are. But what I mean to say is that there are a lot of observers who do not speak often. This is
neglected, at least, in action. There are a lot of observers who agree and do not engage with the reward system. This is neglected. Fact.
These particular observers are the ones that are learning. They read every post. They do not feel the need to answer every thread. They do not even
feel the need to answer in areas of their own expertise. Some people are just smart enough to know that fools don't listen. They may even be wiser
than me. But they come here in the event they can be taught. And I'm sure they're like me and they perform their research through many other media
This is not to downplay the importance of the common poster. The common poster allows this community to stay fresh and without complete
(Please, understand, I am indeed drawing a parallel between the downfall of The U.S.A. and the state of the human mind which can be quite accurately
discerned by the members of ATS; bear with me.)
I have witnessed that every one considers their self to be a black sheep. Wow. All the white sheep think they're black. Impressive. That's not
being blind or anything. Everyone has to be special. It would be wrong to say that the special people do not consider themselves special at some
point. There would be an ironic ignorance in a special person not realizing it. That would imply one who is aware of many things but lacks awareness
in such a simple area as well exists. I do not find this to be the case. Words are mighty, which is why they are so often poorly chosen.
Welcome to The U.S.A. Everyone is special, entitled, deserves, demands, blah, blah, blah...
Nitty gritty. If you want to make $15 an hour, either get hired for that much or PAY YOURSELF $15 an hour. It's easy. Do something, charge $15 an
hour, get clients, get paid.
Oh wait. You want someone to do the books for you. So that's why you're hired...
People think it's bad now. Wait until you're actually living in a socialist environment and you don't choose your job neither your pay. The
option won't exist. Then YOU WILL LITERALLY MOURN over your pay, because it's not pay. It's a bowl of wet rice to make sure you can work the next
day... unless you break the law or network with the right (read: wrong) people or run away.
Don't refer to young economies that thrive off of free market imports, exports, and security. Don't be stupid.
No Room. Not continuing. Love. End Rant.