posted on Dec, 11 2015 @ 04:35 AM
In about two weeks, on the 2nd of January, 2016, I will have been a registered member of ATS for 8 years.
In my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to experience a lot of new views, opinions, and conflicts. I had just recently looked back at some of my
earliest topics, and can see a how little I knew about virtually everything 8 years ago, from biology, to debating etiquette, to grammar, to internet
behaviour. Honestly, some of them are rather embarrassing. Even the reason for how I discovered the existence of ATS is rather embarrassing (It was
due to an airplane movie line [Transformers], where some character said a thing was ‘above top secret’).
However, ATS has been an intrinsic part of my life ever since, and I’m glad it is, because I believe it has shaped me as a person, outside of the
realm of the internet.
So, Thank you ATS, for existing, after reading thousands of topics, and several thousand comments… This is what I’ve learned:
~ Whatever you do, always question your government
~ There is such a thing as being ‘too prepared’, but it’s far worse to be totally unprepared
~ Even though it’s painful, someone may be able to convince you your position is wrong
~ It is a far more respectable trait for someone to admit when they are wrong, rather than to close their mind, run away, and make the
same debunked claims over and over again
~ Discussing topics that are highly controversial isn’t a bad thing, in fact, it is massively beneficial
~ You’re more likely to convince someone who holds a staunch opposing opinion that their position is not as accurate as they believe
when you use excessive respect and pacifism, rather than through rude comments and aggressive behavior
~ Always provide citations for your claimed information
~ Always read the citations your providing before you provide them to ensure they actually support your position
~ Always crosscheck your citations with additional citations that cross-confirm the information within those citations
~ Acknowledge that absolute knowledge is an impossible achievement.
~ Understand that variation occurs in virtually everything, it’s almost never black and white, everything seems to have a grey area,
this is especially prevalent when it comes to world views and opinions on specific topics
~ Self progression is the total cause of all terrible things that occur in human decisions
~ Study everything, even if that topic is entirely against your personal opinion
~ Understand that a debate isn’t necessarily an attempt to persuade the opposing debater, but rather, to share information with the
audience of the debate
~ If you have a position, and want to clarify it, clarify it in terms that are simple to understand, yet so numerous and thorough that you
might as well have written a book
~ Always ask what others' opinions are
~ Be honest
~ Be humble
~ Deny Ignorance
Thanks for nearly a decade of incredible information, crazy information, intriguing information, and forewarning information. Here’s to another 8
What has ATS taught you?
edit on 11/12/15 by Ghost147 because: Added a bit of flare