posted on Jul, 10 2007 @ 02:40 AM
One crazy day a while back I realized that there was something just not quite right with the world and I decided to do some research. Then one fateful
predawn morning I stumbled across ATS and became hooked instantly. I was amazed at all of the wonderful topics, information, opposing viewpoints and
links to fabulous sites that I had no idea even existed. I had, if you will, a researchers orgasm.
I love to research, I will get so wrapped up in researching my topic of interest that I sometimes forget about my own life in play. My research is not
scientific, I just get as much possible information from all sides that I can, lay it all out and see what I come up with.
I have many beliefs but I don't feel the need to debate those beliefs heatedly since those beliefs are just that, my beliefs, not anyone else’s.
That said, my beliefs could change on a dime with any new information I may come across.
I love ATS for the opposing viewpoints, opposing links and vast amounts of information that is here from both sides of the coin. I want to read all of
this and then go do my own research and then eventually come to my own conclusion.
But every couple of months (maybe its a lunar thing, I dunno) the threads start to implode with those wonderful opposing viewpoints turning into "Let
me see how far I can shove MY OPINION that I will back up with MY FACTS down your throat" and then all of the intelligent discussion goes out the
window, the thread disintegrates and any knowledge that could have been obtained is lost.
And that is the really horrible part, ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE IS LOST.
I don't care if you are a Conservative, a Liberal, a Moderate, a Truther, a Believer, a Christian, a Jew, Latino, Black, White, Asian, European,
American, Female, Male, Senior, Twenty something, Whatever.
I dont care I just want you to share your knowledge, I want you to tell me your beliefs, answer questions, intelligently discuss all aspects.
But please do not flame others for opposing viewpoints, please do not berate others for their beliefs, please do not try to force me or anyone else to
accept your version as the only version because you are not me and cannot force me to believe what you do or be who you are.
You can enlighten me, inform me, guide me but you cannot force me.
Intrepid deserves a great big "Hooray and Thank Ye Sai" for putting it out there.
We all want to learn, I personally crave it, I beg of you all to please, please, please share your knowledge, tell us what you believe, give us the
external links and then let us find our own beliefs.
I have deep respect for so many here, you all add so much to this forum and you all help me everyday to broaden my knowledge, step out of my box and
to deny ignorance and I deeply Thank all of you.
I do not usually post unless I am seeking answers or thought of some clever line or two but recently I have had quite enough of interesting threads
dieing because of nastiness and 3 of my last 5 posts have been about this very topic, I am posting this now with a bunch of self right indignation
with a hint of sarcasm but I really would love if we could get ATS back on topics, so I selfishly can continue soaking up all of your knowledge. I am
now stepping down from my soapbox, thank you, thank you very much.
Now can we put down the torches and go enlighten the masses...
Man it's a scary thing to hit that Post Reply button, I better just do it, okay here I go
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