You know, I think we can all say we've learned a thing or two here on ATS, but sometimes those learning moments are more profound than others.
Sometimes we all get caught up in emotion, posting from the hip. Other times, someone will say something which just doesn't seem right and rather
than respond we dive off into the books and interwebz in search of the truth. Tonight was one such night for me. Convinced I knew something, I
discovered a whole different part of the world I never knew about, one rich in history.
I'm a sucker for learning about history anyway, but I am especially appreciative when I am humbled by my own 'thinking otherwise'. It is one time I
am never afraid and proud to offer a peace offering...even say I'm wrong even (though I didn't need to do this on this occasion).
I marvel at how much there is to learn here on ATS. It is by far one of the most "thinking" websites on the net. Some crazy, some profound, some
nonsense, some combative, some wise, some sheer brilliance and even some idiocy sprinkled in, BUT...all of it makes you THINK! It wouldn't be the
same if everyone was right, or nice even. It is a slice of the world we live in, warts and all. What an amazing place!
Despite all the naysayers who decry politics and the like, we learn...all of us, IF we take the occasion to "read" even if we don't like it.
Honestly, I can't even count the number of times I've read a post from someone I can't even stand to read and suddenly am enlightened by something
I can honestly say I really do try to read every post on a thread (all pages) before responding, though sometimes, I will admit, it's hard, but I am
often softened in my response by reading the subsequent posts. This place just amazes me. When I joined up, just over 4 years ago, I wasn't sure I'd
like it, or fit in, but now....I don't know, now I'm humbled in a way sometimes. (rare for me, I know).
I don't know, even now, if I 'fit in', but I know I can't imagine not
coming to a place like this where there are so many bright, different,
eclectic, contrary, imaginative, dissenting, expansive, crappy, funny, out-there, inquisitive and just plain good...minds.
Did YOU ever learn something here on ATS?
That is all.
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