originally posted by: tony9802
a reply to: muzzleflash
You had been placed in a mental instituion for almost a month and you succeeded in convincing staff and doctors that you were perfectly healthy..
That is totally rare, and i commend you.. wow that is not an easy feat at all..
perseverance, faith, self assuredness.. good job;
We even discussed my ATS posts fairly often.
Yes, including that stuff I wrote in riddles and rhymes lol.
So not only was it not "easy", but being a member of "this website" and having a posting history like I do made it much more difficult than it would
have been because I had an uphill battle the entire way. I had to explain what I was talking about and I succeeded in giving some very simple
reasoning that most people would understand (especially professionals with college training).
I had around 40 to 50 people to 'convince' overall and I succeeded with each one, so a 100% success rate.
I just told the Truth and defended myself reasonably. Stay calm and keep my wits about me.
Sounds easy but in a madhouse it is a significant challenge.
There was one other guy in there that was "normal" as far as I could tell, but he was faking a mental illness to escape a 40 year prison sentence for
tons of fraud. Virtually all other patients had significant issues, most were literally insane.
Also just to throw it in here, I think 50 to 75% of the population overall has varying degrees of either insanity of a medical nature or suffer a lack
of education to a degree their thought patterns become insanity. I talk to tons of people daily so I do see a very wide spectrum of people, I try to
avoid the nutcases as much as possible because I can't handle putting up with it for very long (despite my incredible patience).
If I listen to someone for 10 minutes and I look at you and say "I don't know what their talking about" or "I can't hardly understand anything they
are saying" or "That guy's insane" = you should probably take my word for it.
I split 'insanity' into two generalized categories - nutcases and idiots.
Nutcases are of all sorts of varieties, from medical issues to drugs/crackheads.
Idiots are just plain uneducated and stubborn people unwilling to learn new things or admit they might be wrong, which leads them into insanity.
All insanity I would describe as "just being plain wrong", it's the causes of that incorrectness that determine what category they are in and if they
are 'savable'. Nutcases might not be savable, but idiots could be if they would just stfu for a minute and consider alternative possibilities.
If you ever met me in reality I'm generally the type to hold a conversation about anything, but I usually listen most of the time and ask questions. I
like to try and throw in bits of wisdom or interesting ideas and keep things relevant. Some days I point out all sorts of stupidities in a critical
sarcastic way or just make jokes about stuff. I'm no where near as long-winded or willing to reveal as much info as I do here on ATS because I'm much
more guarded and reserved due to how volatile people become with deep discussions.
I definitely avoid occult topics or most conspiracies simply because I understand it's too challenging to even try to present such info to the typical
person. And those that do talk about anything conspiracy related are usually insane and have no idea what they are talking about (so of course simply
discussing a conspiracy topic immediately is associated with mental illness by association).
I made it through the assessment because I billed myself as a scientific minded skeptic that follows a rigid regimen of rules and constantly updates
my programming to improve my accuracy ratings and knowledge database. My goal is always to debunk everything including my own beliefs, etc, via
critical questioning, fair debates by the book, and philosophical musing in accordance with the history of renown thinkers.
Stuff like this.
Being willing to admit you're wrong or made a mistake or simply admitting you don't know and cannot make viable assessments is a huge key to it.
P.S. to anyone this might apply to:
If my extremely blunt and frankly non-PC descriptions of "insane people" offends anyone I don't really care because being offended by reality so
easily probably means you are also categorized in the "insane people" group, most likely the 'idiot' classification.