Dear fellow ATS member,
As we approach the end of this contentious and controversial election Presidential election cycle, please don't let all your biases and hatreds
tarnish our future civil discourse.
And the voice of opposition, if it's worth hearing, must be the voice of higher reason if we wish to speak truth to power.
Don't give in to silly hyperbole and demagoguery.
Just shaking our fist at the world and bemoaning the sins of others hurts us all at some level.
I think we all want the best and are generally doing the best we can (or think we can) with the resources available to us, but we can do better than
this devolution in civil discourse, imho.
I for one will be to first to admit that I've gotten a little carried away at times.
You wanna know one thing that I am looking forward to?
When the front page of ATS is covered in threads about Aliens and strange and wonderful things like it once did, instead of all this
Trump/Hillary-related back and forth.
What fun we could all have again when this election is all over! What new things, new forms and possibilities we can create together, Republican-Trump
or Hillary supporter, or neither as we're not all Americans who visit here even though many of us feel as if we do have a stake in this particular
It gets tense and no doubt the stakes are high, but I invite you to consider something greater and more awe inspiring than either of these two
candidates could produce on their own.
What is our own production, what are we making and doing to make the world a better place? Isn't that more important that devoting all our time and
energy and thought power in the direction of what amounts to a duality?
I think that our creative production is sinking folks (I know mine is or has been) with this preoccupation and I think that we've all got to pull our
heads out of the sand (starting with my own self) and recognize that we have the power and that our own creative potential must be given expression
within a framework and a context that we are responsible for generating.
It won't be the end of the world, either way. Life will go on.
But what kind of people do we want to be, and how shall we treat one another?
We cannot let this dialectic drag us all down.
We cannot I don't think allow ourselves to become jaded and cynical, or we lose something very fundamental and precious in any community whether a
virtual community like ATS or any other form of community.
Something's starting to go wrong and get too crazy. I feel it.
It's time to pull back and reevaluate what's truly important and vital and get back to work exploring that together, I feel.
I'm not trying to constrain anyone's freedom though, just asking or inviting you to consider another paradigm outside of this box of crazy that we've
all been drawn into hither and thither.
We don't want I don't think to give them that much power, whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, and especially not the power to divide us and set
us against each other as if to burn the other guy at the stake along with Hillary Clinton as nothing but an evil witch.
Is that our heart?
I think that projecting evil is a dangerous and foolish thing to engage in, whether at a demonized individual, or even the devil himself.
It's unhelpful, unkind, and unloving.
Think whatever you like about Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, but think again about the real game that we're participating in here, that completely
and utterly transcends that political circus side-show.
And please make wonderful threads about Aliens and all manner of mysteries and curiosities and points of common interest.
But oh how I long for the day when I can visit ATS again and not see it's front page completely and utterly dominated by contentious political
discourse that isn't pursuing the highest aim for everyone's sake ie: where all the FUN is.
I've grown sick and tired of this election stuff and cannot wait to put it all behind me, behind us.
Thanks for listening to my "rant".
edit on 20-10-2016 by AnkhMorpork because: (no reason given)