posted on Nov, 1 2008 @ 02:17 AM
We, a "micro-society" on ATS have become an extremely divided group. Much as, historically, there have been liberal Republicans, and conservative
Democrats, there have been conspiratorial fence sitters. The difference is the divisiveness that is more apparent now than earlier.
Now, for just about any given conspiracy theory, if you read all the posts, using this thread as an example, you will find that the camps are equally,
most visibly divided. You see that the pro-conspiracy folks, immediately, begin by putting down the skeptics as having fragile egos, being afraid,
having no sense of self worth, etc. etc. etc. etc.
Then you see that some of the believers use the line of reasoning that skeptics are ruining all the fun, and that the skeptics are ruining the real,
true, guessed at, reality of the true believer.
It appears that we are so divided that no real exchanges, intercourses, or acceptance by either side is possible. For instance, when I first came on
ATS some time back, we used to send private messages back and forth to each other, regardless of faction, wherein we cussed, discussed and
"re-cussed" our various stances. True there were more often than not, spates of spew at each other, but it seemed more personal and
"open-minded". Having said that, I now say, it's been many a moon since I have bothered to use my u2u for anything other than notes and knowledge
from the ATS management.
I feel like I have things to contribute, as do many of the skeptics and believers, but why bother? If I'm a true believer, I'm put down by the
skeptics for being silly or not having proof. If I question a statement, then I'm the proud owner of a small mind, fragile ego, lack of
self-centeredness, etc. etc. etc.
If you want folks to not question things you are putting down, in a mini-society like ATS, then you need to go away and start your own little place
where you only admit posters who agree with you totally, whether true believer or skeptic. Otherwiser, if you don't like the fact that people
question what you are saying (whether skeptic, or true believer), then you either need to provide proof (not evidence) that can squelch any skeptical
or pro-believer argument, or you probably need to sit down, be quiet, and prepare to defend what you are putting in print here.