To everyone in the Northeast, or wherever the huge snow/ice storm is hitting, I hope you guys are safe. I, myself, have decided to take tomorrow off
from work due to the weather, and most of my co-workers made that decision before they even left today.
Now to business. Before you go off and read this wall of text, it is not about a New World Order attempting to enslave us all...it is not about a
Reptilian plot to usurp humanity into slavery, which if they were so powerful wouldn't they have done so already? It is not about the
Bush/Cheney/Illuminati plot to make the U.S a military police state. It is not about an alien agenda to test humans...wouldn't that be easier with a
full scale invasion, instead of using government channels? In any case, I have no doubt there is probably some crazy idea that's been circulating
around the rich and powerful *cough* bankers *cough*, as I think we have seen evidence of that with the credit and economic crisis. No, my fellow
truth seekers, this is strictly about the state of paranoia that has been created in our (formerly) great United States of America.
I am not usually one to go crazy, but this is going too far. I recently moved into a new apartment complex, just south of Pittsburgh, PA, and I want
to see if any of you other apartment dwellers have experienced anything like this.
I live in a building with approximately 7 other occupants. There are 3 floors, 2 apartments per floor, all single-bedroom, with a middle-aged couple
that lives on the 3rd floor. The woman across the hall from me, is 55 years old, let's call her "Occupant X." I am 24 years old, I am a Marketing
Manager at a publishing company, and I consider myself a spiritual person. I can sense when people are uneasy, or just plain upset, angry, etc. Last
week, after the Pittsburgh Penguins blew a game to the Carolina Hurricanes, I escorted a friend out of my apartment to her car. Upon coming back
upstairs, and beginning to wind down for the evening, there was a faint knock on my door. Occupant X was there, and at first appearance seemed like a
very nice person. She introduced herself, and then asked (in a not-so-nice tone) if I could shut my door more quietly, and walk down the stairs
quietly. I nearly laughed at walking down the stairs quietly and replied "Um...that's how I walk." She expressed her distaste to my response at
which I said "Ok listen, I have to work at 8:00" and the fact that I didn't appreciate the interruption of me attempting to catch some much needed
Z's. She apologized promptly and let me go. Since then I've watched how I "shut my door" attempting to do it black-ops style, and have walked
down the stairs as quietly as possible.
I am a smoker. It's not a fact that I am proud of, but it exists none-the-less. I catch a smoke about every 1 and a half hours, 2 hours. Last
night, I was relaxing watching some TV and went out for a smoke. As I went out, I looked up at her window randomly and noticed a hand moving amongst
the blinds, and Occupant X peeking out as if to see who was outside. At first, I thought it was normal curiosity. When I walked back from the
backside of my apartment, I noticed she was still standing there as if she was waiting to see when I re-entered my apartment. This bothered me. I
went back up and continued to watch my evening programming. After surfing ATS and some other message boards that I do during the evening hours, I
went out for another smoke. As I walked outside, I repeated the steps I had done earlier in the evening. There she was again, watching me. Annoyed,
and sort of freaked out to be honest, I waited behind the building, in a blind spot from her dining room and bathroom. I walked again to the front,
and she was STILL THERE, waiting to see when I re-entered my apartment. This really upset me.
Which brings me to tonight. I haven't even smoked yet, but I wanted to test my hypothesis. After doing what I had done the previous night, I
noticed she did the exact same thing! She was watching me, and I assume she watches others to see who's exiting the building. My point is if this
was an apartment complex with more than 7 people, I would understand these actions. But honestly, when I hear footsteps, I don't rush to my window
to see who's walking outside. I don't care who's entering or who's exiting, provided my door is locked, and nobody can bother me.
She is an older person, 55 years I gauge, and understand she grew up in an age where Communists were around the corner, and everyone who wore red was
the enemy. But post 9/11, how does this differ? Racial Profiling was, and probably still is, at an all time high. We see it in pop-culture, we hear
it daily from our co-workers, bosses. To me, the United States is paranoid. We all seek the enemy, and sense the enemy (whoever that may be) around
Whoever wanted to instill fear inside of us, utterly succeeded. Now I bet you are asking yourself how can you prove this off of one, possibly crazy,
woman who lives next to you? With that I reply, the last time I attempted my experiment I shut my door with no sound. I descended the stairs in my
apartment with absolutely no sound. She had to be watching to see my exit the last time, and yet there she was, watching me still. I've been
thinking about confronting her, but I don't really have time to bother with that, as I am here posting this
. What I want, is to create a
discussion where we talk about different paranoid people we've encountered, and the nature of paranoia itself. It is a disorder that many people
suffer from, hell even myself! From this point on, I will constantly be seeing if she is still watching me, just for the hell of it! It just sickens
me that our country has become this way. I'm sure other nations don't suffer from this.
What I Want:
Please post your replies, if you've actually stuck with this the entire way through. A civil discussion, as per ATS terms, about the nature of
paranoia, and how it could possibly effect the future of this country. I think this is important for all of us to chime in on, I mean...how would you
like it if your neighbors were always watching you?