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originally posted by: Perfectenemy
I don't care what people think about me. I know what i experienced and it was real at least for me and ATS helped me to understand it a little bit more. There is no way of proving it so why bother pretending that my word is the true gospel like the people who decide to profit from their experiences instead of just sharing it for free. I'm not intereted in money or material possessions. I'm just here to listen and to share my stories with likeminded people. I have no ulterior motives besides to unburden myself. I envy people who are not "special". It's very exhausting and it ruins you but i'm still not ready to give up just yet. I'm curious where all this weird stuff is going to lead me though.
originally posted by: whereislogic
1 Thess. 5:6
6 So, then, let us not sleep on as the rest do, but let us stay awake and keep our senses.
1 Peter 5:8
8 Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone.
He is a liar! (part 1 of 2)
1 Thess. 5:20,21
20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21 Make sure of all things; hold fast to what is fine.
generally that's how I look at it. I view it on my own. Then I start to research all angles. Eliminate some, research further others. I never worry about the reasons why or end game until I have a bunch of info. I focus on evidence and that's it. Reasons why or explanations are debatable, but facts can't be disputed. What I see and what I believe is enough for me
originally posted by: TobyFlenderson
a reply to: asinapi1
The first conspiracy theory I encountered was the JFK assassination. Until my freshman year in college (1985) I had never heard that there were people who didn't agree with the official narrative. I went to a 3 hour presentation and was flabbergasted. It changed my entire world view.
What I always need to remember is that conspiracy theories are just that, theories. When encountering a new one, no matter how unlikely I think it to be, I try to keep an open mind. If I find the theory interesting, I will attempt to research it a bit and see if it is worthy of a full-on commitment. When the evidence leads me to give great weight to the theory, I do a quick evaluation: Is there enough evidence to prove this beyond a reasonable doubt? If the answer is yes, I'm on board. If the answer is no, I continue to investigate with an open mind. If the answer is not even close, I let it go.
Believing in a particular theory, for me, just usually means that I don't buy the official narrative. To conclude what the real story is takes a lot more evidence in my book. For instance, I fully disbelieve the official narrative for 9/11. However, I've seen no evidence that would allow me to conclude who was to blame.
I don't buy the Sandyhook theory. I'm still on the fence with pedogate, though there's a lot of smoke there. Super soldiers, reptilian overlords, and many more have no evidence to support them at all.
originally posted by: Vroomfondel
I know there are things that government will not tell us until we are at the point that we would find out ourselves. Then they cant wait to "do the right thing". When I find something that fits the basic description of a conspiracy I start digging. Places like this are as good as any. The only problem is that you can hear something enough times to think it must be true, or at least possible. That isn't always the case. And people will repeat those things believing they are true or correct. I know I have. So you take any information you get second hand with a grain of salt and try to put together a working theory.
As for disagreeing with people, I tend to hang on to a position and try several different ways of making it stick. That is not to convince anyone else, it is for me. If I can throw everything I have at an argument and someone can still disprove it with more than just wishful thinking, I have my answer. Or at least incentive to look further. Some people think I am being ignorant or stubborn. Whatever. I made a good living seeing things differently than other people. The old saying about thinking outside the box..I don't see the value of the box. I don't even see the box. Unless it is filled with doughnuts. Then I see the value of the box. Donuts, or Schrodinger's cat. Schrodinger's donuts. They are both eaten and uneaten until I open the box and eat them myself. Dunking them in a nice Brazilian Brownian motion vessel (the donuts, not the cat) is a great way to start the day. So hanging on to a position until I have exhausted all of its potential is a normal process for me. I see that it aggravates some people here. I find that amusing. Not that I do it for that purpose. But I still find it amusing.