this site used to scare the crap out of me. All the alien and demon talk, but I think now since Ive spent a good amount of time here, it no
longer really bothers me. Ive read it all too many times now.
So thanks ATS! For scaring the crap out of me, enough to make it mundane.
So this got me to wondering, what are some of the things you guys have heard that really scare you?
Coincidental that I should find this thread while almost ready to close my browser for the night. Tonight is the very first night that anything I've
read on ATS has scared me... truly scared me.
So many people here fear shadowy organizations, tyrannical government, alien invasion, ancient prophecies, demons, political ideologies, natural
disasters, or the end of days by a wrathful god. I see no real danger in any of this. Most of it's just pure fantasy. Much of it is based on
misconceptions, misinterpretations, and misunderstandings. Some of it does warrant caution, but the threats are highly exaggerated and or based upon
Me, I'm not scared of any of that stuff.
Here's what I am afraid of. America is currently one of the largest generators of academic research in the world. We are home to most of the world's
top collages.We are home to the largest space agency - giving us such tools as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Mars Rovers. We (I believe) have the
largest oceanic exploration program.
We are standing on the cusp of a full and comprehensive understanding of genetic programming and manipulation. We are reverse engineering the human
brain are astonishing speed; some areas of which we have basic working computer emulation of. We stand on the cusp of brain-computer interfaces which
promises to allow amazing augmentation potentials, as well as reliable memory storage and immersion. We stand on the cusp of the birth of
nanoassemblers and the real take off of nanotechnology such as reciprocites. We stand on the cusp of fundamental cures for diseases based on fixing
the problem or vulnerability. We stand on the cusp of regenerating lost limbs and damaged organs.
We stand on the cusp of fully realizing age old dreams previously attributed only to supernatural, thanks to science. Telekinesis, Telepresence,
Telepathy, and even practical immortality. Technology is going to advance very, -VERY- rapidly, and very, -VERY- profoundly in this century. If we're
lucky, by time we get to the half-way point we will even be able to say that we -finally- are not alone in the universe. I'm not referring to aliens
- but to AI.
And yet - 33% (roughly) of our population thinks that it is perfectly reasonable to believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old and that dinosaurs
walked with man in the Garden. 1/5th of our population apparently still believe in some form of geocentracism. Sarah Palin actually had a fairly
decent shot at being our presidency.
I am afraid of what may happen if we allow ourselves to piss all that potential away in the pursuit of phantasms, urban myths, and boogey men.
Does NOBODY see how this might be a problem going forward? Does NOBODY wonder what happens when the scope of technology which sustains our prosperity
eclipses simple minds?
Does NOBODY see the innate danger in removing the critical thinking process? Does NOBODY see what happens when erroneous information, speculation,
rhetoric, and fear mongering are allowed to circumvent reason... When they are openly promoted as an alternative to reason? When political, religious,
or ideological fundamentalism is allowed to trump rationality and compromise?
Does nobody remember what happens when we surrender ourselves willingly to that demon haunted world?
Our current situation is strikingly similar to those final days of the Hellenistic Days. Thankfully Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, etc will carry
the torch... but what will be the ramifications of the power vacuum left if America should fall into the hands of fundamentalists and loons? I still
have a hard time conceptualizing any sort of Civil War sparking from all of this... and it won't be some "NWO vs. the People showdown" BS. However,
I can see a great potential for all this to spawn a multitude of "Ruby Ridge" type incidents that will eave deep resentment - perhaps sparking
domestic terrorism responses down the road. Irregardless, it would be a horrific and needless tragedy.
I really fear that there are enough people out there paranoid and deluded enough - reinforced by irresponsible media and political/religious
affiliations - to really cause a lot of damage and get a lot of people needlessly hurt or killed in the process. America isn't a powder-keg ready to
blow, it's being crafted into one by the very people who think they're trying to save it.
I wonder how deep the scars of the conflicts we endured in 20th century are ingrained in our collective cultural mind? The first fifty years of it
marked by two bloody wars on the scale of which the world had never seen - and the next fifty years spent in a bomb shelter wondering if your fellow
comrades had been infiltrated by communist sympathizers - and scared they have misinterpreted your use of the word comrade.
History is full of people who; out of fear, or ignorance, or lust for power have destroyed treasures of immeasurable value, which truly
belonged to all of us. We must not let it happen again.
Knowledge is what truly frees people.. Superstition is what will enslave you. Please don't follow the path of superstition. We've been down that
road already, and we know where it leads.
Wowza, good topic I'm extremely afraid of "not knowing"... and that would include death ( a biggie for me ). I'm scared of living in a
world far worse than the one we live in now. I have unsettling feelings about the future and that freaks me out
The thing that really scares me is how absolutly blind we all are to the world around us and what is going on. How ppl just accept everything at face
value and never question anything. I'm scared of what will become of us, how we would react in the face of actual adversity, something other than
internet being down for an hour or your g/f breaking up with you.
I'm scared of what we are doing to this planet, our bodies, our minds. We are just begging to be ruled by some all powerfull oppressor. I'm scared
of religion and the irrational decisions it makes otherwise sound minded ppl make. I usually throw some kind of tounge in cheek humor in most of my
posts, but not this one. I'm serious, this is the stuff I ponder.
My g/f used to see shadow ppl, esp when she was sick when she was younger. Without sounding crazy, we are big into protective amulets and gemstones,
I have a thread I started a while back on here about gemstones.
if the universe is infite and there are an infinite number of lifeforms in varying degress of evolution in it.... then i will never be free of the
pain that comes from my empathy. No matter how many people i help or problems i fix.. it will never lessen the pain and aggony that flows. To feel
this and know it. To find the group of people who undersatnd what i do and be rejected from an only refuge.
living here is hell. You see the wounds that make scars which are never able to teach the lessons that it has. i want a planet of good happy people...
i want to feel that.
- Ruminations on how severe illness is very common, painful, and progressive.
- Thoughts of a long drawn out death.
- Thoughts of being unable to care for myself.
- Thoughts of my medication (Plaquinel) not being available.
- Thoughts of bad reactions to food/drugs. (has happened in past)
- Thoughts of fire in the home.
- Thoughts of reincarnation and that I might be stuck coming back again.
- Thoughts that there really is no higher purpose or plan to life.
- Thoughts that 'God' is really just a collective of humans ... and humans are notoriously stupid.
- Demons. (I've been around a few ... seriously frightening)
- I'm 'germ aware' .. not germ phobic. That's because of Leukopenia.
Mostly health stuff. I'm not afraid of death. I'm afraid of a long life being sick.
Not much I can do about it though.
The idea that conspiracy theory has been allowed to become so mainstream as to have a permanent fixture in pop culture and everyday media/life so that
everything is seen as a conspiracy - slowly tearing apart a collective from the inside out so "they" don't have to.
I fear humiliation and loss of face.. i.e. making a huge mistake at work and
everyone knowing... results in loss of job..
Not the loss of job you understand, but all the tension and stress leading up to the job loss.
"Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of
commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so
watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. They
know that America is not a place of which it can be said, as it used to be, that a man may choose his own calling and pursue it just as far as his
abilities enable him to pursue it; because to-day, if he enters certain fields, there are organizations which will use means against him that will
prevent his building up a business which they do not want to have built up; organizations that will see to it that the ground is cut from under him
and the markets shut against him. For if he begins to sell to certain retail dealers, to any retail dealers, the monopoly will refuse to sell to those
dealers, and those dealers, afraid, will not buy the new man's wares." Woodrow Wilson.
And now it is a crime in Europe to condemn or disagree with the dogma of this Power.
edit on 10/06/2013 by Tusks because: added last sentence
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