reply to post by TravelerintheDark
I for one think citizenc is genuine in his/her intent. But I believe things were off on the wrong foot by focusing on the fantastic stories rather
than the reactions, which I felt was the true intent.
Thank you for giving my motives the benefit of the doubt.
With this said, no my intent was not to go after the reactions.
I was going straight to the heart of the fear-mongering, the fantastic-without-use, and other info-tainment that, if it were not for the REACTIONS, I
would consider funny and sometimes worth the read.
the reactions because it seems that the people involved in some of those "ideologies" have less care and sympathy for people's
well being than they seem so eager to make everybody know.
As illustrated in the story I shared about my friend, these things can be even downright venomous, and it will not be always that people will be able
to discern and discriminate.
While allowing for things and history to go as they must, I TOO will enjoy my role, sometimes as the defender, sometimes as the detractor, of CONTENT
and MESSAGES, depending on where they stand in my scheme of things.
I am also human, and enjoying it.
I feel that the OP was judgmental, and the response to my initial post was even more so. I know citizenc doesn't see it this way, but I would ask if
I would be very sorry if I believed to have been judgmental, especially to yours, which only you read, because I never had that intent in mind, so I
have a hard time believing my words would fall so far away from my own intents.
I have re-read the whoole thread (as if it were that much...) and honestly, although I see a bit less containment than Beamish graciously grants, I
see myself as emotionally engaged, but very little judging.
I think that maybe my calls for BALANCE and more informed approaches have the air of criticizing and judging those who presumably do not apply them,
but then, I would just have to strive to say the SAME in a different way.
I promise that I will revise this aspect much more carefully, hoping to fine tune this and to not fall into that trap in the future.
Last but not least, thank you for pointing it out in an educated, constructive manner.
This is counterproductive to the effort to quell fear. There must be implicit trust to meet that end.
In fact, I did not expect all this attention to my call to BEWARE, but certainly, I would not have expected the people that suffer the consequences of
those materials come here and berate at me either.
Rather, and this already happened at least once, the very people that further help proliferate that type of "information" were the ones I was
addressing, while HOPING that some people along the way might notice and take note.
I would rather have people be angry than in fear, because at least anger evokes reaction, while fear imprisons and paralyzes, and that I will denounce
and fight every time I even get the slightest chance.
So my provoking tone was desired.
There is much other work I do in other places where I am, as a working personality, much more at liberty to enact some of my other traits.
It seems that here in ATS, sometimes fire needs to be fought with fire, and I engaged on this one time to see what would happen.
If you wish for people to feel less fearful, give them a reason to be so. Fear cannot be denied. But it can be overcome.
We are some of us trying, just as you are, and this energizes my native hopeful nature.
As I said, I do think citizenc is intelligent and earnest, but from where I stand, seeing what I have seen and being as I have been, I don't think
the earnest intent was served by the structure of the argument.
The fact that most people than expected have read some of the warnings, and that just ONE person may shy away from dangerous and toxic currents,
already is and will be a success in my book.
I appreciate the time you give, and the subtle compliment and the critique.
I will forget about the first and give time and consideration to the second.
As I have said, nothing is a finished product, and certainly not I.
I will take this as more material to watch and learn.
Hope others can do the same.