posted on Feb, 8 2009 @ 04:58 PM
I don't even remember how I came across ATS several months ago but have been addicted ever since. There are so many good threads and posts and
forums that all I've done for months is read as much as my brain will take in. With limited free time (still work fulltime), I didn't get around to
joining, reading New Member posts and the Handbook until recently. I see it's the same story for many new members.
About me: I'm probably older than most members here. Over the years, I learned how to keep my emotions under control so I can remain open to new
ideas and perspectives. I'm a born idealist but was raised by two very skeptical parents, so I didn't and (obviously) still don't believe anything
our leaders say. I believe a conspiracy before I believe the incessant BS we hear on the news. My aim intellectually is to see the biggest picture
possible. Living in Alaska with the big sky, big mountains, and wilderness helps me toward that goal.
By age 12, I was disillusioned with Christianity as it was taught. That led to researching other religions and more recently science, because some
studies seem to reiterate what the ancient texts indicate - life as we know it is an illusion (there is SO much more to Life) and we could be living
in a hologram. Still, mundane life exists, and I'm blessed to have a good one. At this point in time, that is. It's a challenge to go outside by
myself at work, let go of all the office politics, pressures, and dramas and think about (remember) the big picture.
Thank you, ATS, for creating a delightful meeting place for objective discussions of socially taboo subjects!