posted on Mar, 8 2017 @ 09:25 PM
So, I had stepped away from ATS for a few months. There seemed to be too much discourse and vitriol in the months before and after the election, and I
couldn't find the same joy the community gave me before then. I returned recently. I am a bit sad now.
I have always appreciated the diverse range of member comments available on most any given subject. And there were those who were *almost predictable
in there appearance in threads, if not necessarily their opinions. That's why I came to love ATS.
I've been back for a bit. I don't see some of these same folks showing up in the threads where I would have safely bet they'd be popping up before
I left. I miss some of you a good deal. I could look them up or PM them, I know. For the most part, they're still active.
But it feels like last August built it's own wall here. We are a community. We have crazy aunts/uncles, wise and nurturing mothers/fathers, way too
smart cousins, rowdy brothers/sisters.
We were still a family when I left. It feels like that has fractured in the time I was gone.
I understand political, social, economic, cultural differences. This last election had a lot of all of those going on. But, it seemed all of you
understood those too. And still accepted one another despite or maybe even because of it before August. I am not comfortable in the space ATS has
become in some regards. I will not leave this community because of it, however.
Quite the opposite. I love the ATS community, each and every one of us. I will now redirect my goals here accordingly. I tried to help when I could, I
pointed out glaringly obvious contradiction in posts in some of the more hotly debated forums (9/11,etc.), but I don't allow myself to dislike
another contributor here for a difference of opinion.
So, I believe I have a small, probably pointless calling in my ATS future. I just want to do whatever it is that I'm able to try and bring
once-friendly members back to the conversation with each other. I am not blind, and I am not easily swayed. Nor are the good people of this place.
Just because there are varying opinions of President Trump, and what he does or does not stand for, there is STILL NO REASON TO DIVIDE OURSELVES SO
STRONGLY! What can a fractured group change? Not nearly as much as a functional one. I promise you that.