No, I don't think you are alone here on ATS for feeling the way you do.
However, I don't think it's entirely fair to say that everyone is wrong either. In the short time that I've been here, I've met many level-headed
individuals who are quite intelligent and well educated. There have even been a few who have corrected me when I've misstated a fact or two, showing
that they are scrutinizing details far closer than I do. There are some very impressive individuals on ATS, even if there are those that might be
pretty far out there too.
99% of the posts on ATS I have to stifle a giggle or roll my eyes. Some posts even make me do a /face_palm when I read them. Still, I come here
several times a day.
I do think that the majority of Conspiracy Theories are delusional in the respect that they are fear-mongering by people who cannot understand
something that is larger or more complex of an issue than their experience can relate to. I also believe that a large number of them can be
attributable to earnest people who want to believe who sometimes grasp for straws trying to justify their belief, inadvertently fulfilling their
delusion. Add in zealous religious belief and you've got a powerful concoction, real or imagined. Belief is a powerful thing and cannot be easily
dismissed or refuted by Reason. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it sometimes takes people down avenues that make them a mockery to those who
don't share the exact same beliefs.
However, that isn't to say that all Conspiracy Theories are wrong either. Ever see the campy movie Conspiracy Theory with Mel Gibson and Julia
Roberts? The guy is a total nut but even he gets one out thousands of Conspiracy Theories right, and thus the plotline of the movie develops. There
are Conspiracies in real life. This is a fact. With thousands of different groups within Politics and Government working for separate, specific goals,
there's a lot of things that happen behind the scenes to promote one group's agenda over everyone else's. It's inevitable that every once in a
while there will be people who hit the nail on the head and call a spade a spade, having stumbled upon a real life Conspiracy Theory.
There are days that I feel I can get more out of reading Wiki-Leaks than I can ATS. However, I've come to respect my fellow ATSer, the nuts and
delusional believers, along with the less credulous and scrutinizing voices of reason, as we are all entitled to our own opinions, no matter how off
the wall they may seem. After all, who is to say that any one belief is any more absurd than another belief? That is a personal choice we have to make
for ourselves, but one that would be wrong for us to make for another.
Live and let live, I say. Does it do anyone any harm that people are off in the woods clutching their Bibles in one hand and gun in the other waiting
in paranoia for the Alien Reptilian Slave Overlords to return on 12/12/2012 as prophesied in Revelations and on the Mayan Calendar because Jesus
visited the Americas after the crucifixion as the Angel Moroni told to his chosen Apostle? If that's their belief and they want to spend their time
sweating bullets until that day comes and goes, that's entirely their right to do so and it's not my place to tell them it's wrong.
(However, I do reserve the right to snicker behind their backs and giggle like a school girl, as that is my right.)
I suppose if those who believe that the earth needs to be depopulated by 90% start to pursue some self-fulfilling prophecy in accomplishing those
ends, then we'd have a different issue to discuss. However, as long as people are discussing why they think it's going to happen, then it's all
good by me, even if I personally believe the world can easily sustain at least 600 Billion people with proper farming techniques.
After all, I'm sure there are plenty of people on these boards who would think we nay-sayers who don't believe are the delusional ones...and they
would be entirely within their right to think so. It's all a matter of perspective...but as long as we remain tolerant and civil and respectful of
one another, then perhaps we all might bring something unique to the table to share with one another and learn something from each other.
And if it's any consolation...I read Intel Reports from various government agencies world-wide on a daily basis, and some of them have the same kind
of delusional fear-mongering that you would come to expect to see on a Conspiracy Theory site like ATS. Sometimes even the "professionals" are
further out there than anyone here.