posted on Mar, 1 2009 @ 01:55 AM
The OP makes a good point but it is a little more complicated.
There certainly is alot going on in the world. But it would, technically, take something like WWIII or another great depression to really get this
country to change its habits, its lifestyle, and get out from behind the computer monitors and reality TV programming. The brains of the youth in
this country have been turned into dog snot by the media and the entertainment industry. People don't care about the economic downturn so much when
there is all this stuff to take their minds off it. Some people call it the "dumbing down" of american society. And in a way it is really true.
There are many causes and I don't claim to know them all. But the media definately does not make thing easier.
When teenagers learn about what they percieve as "social values" from things like divorcing parents, gangsta rap, and reality television, we lose
something as a society. It is called our perception of reality. Perhaps it is caused by the entertainment industry (which has exploded in the last 2
decades) and this preconceived notion that everything new must be more interesting, outlandish, and "entertaining" than what came before. Or
perhaps it is being caused by the skyrocketing divorce rates in this country. In the end it doesn't matter because it all adds up.
I'm not saying that ATS is bad. The point of ATS is that discussions like this can take place with something resembling a meaningful dialogue
without fear of retribution or public dismay. If you don't like it, you don't have to read it. And if you don't care about ATS you can take a
hike. I don't see ATS as a conspiracy site. I see ATS as a meeting of the minds for people willing to discuss these topics out in the open without
being chastized, demonized, or publicly ridiculed for doing so. Therefore, choosing to NOT discuss certain topics (after all it is our choice)
because of the social and geopolitical situations in the world won't ever prevent people from voicing their opinoins, their thoughts, their research,
or their abililty to make the distinction that gives them the right to do so in the first place.
Yes, we have a society that is becoming dumber and less socially apt.
Yes, we have an economy that is falling apart.
Yes, we have become a diseased country of purchasers and consumers.
and Yes, many people fear that they will have to change their lifestyles.
But the reason we should keep discussing these topics isn't just because we should be paying attention to other things going on in the world. Many
people view the UFO phenomenon as the most important, most covered-up story in the history of mankind. And lets face it..If it is real, then it is..
And thats why although all this other stuff is unfolding around the world, this subject is not about to go away. It is all about perception of
reality. What is reality and what isn't? Is the UFO phenomenon real? If so, it's pretty important don't you think? In fact, some would say that
everything else would pale in comparison. Its all about freedom of choice, freedom of personal opinion, and allowing the mysteries of our world to be
openly discussed regardless of what others might think.
Some people just see the UFO phenomenon as too important to ignore. And even if we do pay attention to more pressing political or economic concerns,
at what point do we really realize and acknowledge what is going on with the UFO phenomenon? What I mean by this is simple. What would it take for
us to really publicly acknowledge the reality of the UFO phenomenon (as a society). Would it take 200 UFO's landing in central park? We don't know
what will happen next and thats the point. Every time something new happens, the mystery unfolds. It is unfolding as we speak in fact.. Look, all
i'm really saying is that if people become distracted from the UFO phenomenon we could be missing out on what could be the most important phenomenon
in human history.
It just all depends on what ones views are related to the topic of UFO's.
My opinion is that people who would pull their hair out from economic collapse have already done so. They will continue to do so. People who really
see the UFO topic as even somewhat important have already continued the discussion by starting new threads and submitting posts (including me). I
don't think that in any way means we are ignoring the reality unfolding around us geopolitically and economically. I'm sure alot people who discuss
UFO's on ATS probably also get involved with political threads and alternative news threads. At least those of us who really care about what is
going on in the world. I still even read the daily newspaper. The breaking news thread is the first place I go on ATS every day.
It doesn't really bother me that much. But someone telling someone else where their priorities in life should be isn't going to make people change
their habits. If people choose not to pay attention to certain topics/subjects that is their prerogative. I mean this is ATS. If people are
discussing anything it is probably about UFO's, aliens, the paranormal, or pretty much any alternative news that you don't hear about elsewhere.
Alot of people don't come on ATS looking to talk about mainstream news though. The UFO phenomenon is what earns ATS its bread and butter. It is
what has turned ATS into what it is. To the ATS family, to simply remove that entire paradigm from ATS wouldn't make sense. And to ATS members who
post here frequently, people like to see an ATS that has open discussions on all topics all the time. That is what ATS is about.
I, personally, come here to learn, wind down from a hard day at work, and see what all the daily hubub is about. If that means I see an interesting
thread on UFO's and post in it, then so be it. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. People who have already chosen to focus solely on the big-button
economic or geopolitical issues probaby already have. But just because I worry about the future of my country while simultaneously discussing UFO's
doesn't mean that I am neglecting or ignoring the important issues of the day. In fact, those are what take up my day. I think there is an
underlying misunderstanding here that because people are discussing UFO's somehow implies that they don't care about the economy or geopolitics. I
have a family. I worry!
[edit on 1-3-2009 by BlasteR]