posted on Jul, 22 2009 @ 11:37 PM
That's a very good question.
I've learned a whole lot about people, but almost nothing about reality. I've seen that many of us on ATS are divided between "Infidels" and
"True Believers", two warring factions that both have The Truth(tm), and won't listen to arguments against their positions. They've made up their
minds, so don't confuse them with the facts.
I've seen that a lot of people think a good response to someone's questions is to insult them for questioning them, calling them stupid, gullible,
"on meds", a "noob", a Democrat, Republican, conspiracy nut, bone-headed skeptic, and on and on and on. I've seen fine threads degenerate into
I've seen people who have presented well-considered, thoughtful, fact-filled information that must have taken hours to research and work up into a
coherent post (or set of posts). And I've seen people who haven't bothered to read the post, but started arguing against points the OP never
I've seen a whole lot of people who seem to be just itching for Armageddon, and post every little oddity as a clear indication that it has begun.
Many of them seem to be looking forward to the end of the world, the breakdown of society, the end of life as we know it, and so on. Must not have
cable or something.
And yet, I see people who try to learn the facts, who neither BELIEVE nor DISBELIEVE, who simply want to find out what the truth is. It is these
folks, apparently in a minority, but still active, that keep me coming back. Maybe they're not really in a minority here. Maybe they just keep
quite, want to avoid getting into arguments with name-callers or insulting people. I don't know. But I am grateful for them. They make ATS