posted on Mar, 8 2010 @ 09:50 AM
First let me qualify (or limit it) myself. I am an old man by your standards. You would roll your eyes and laugh under your breath if I said this
stuff to you in person. My adolescent children do it all the time. I have fought in war and been the operator of a magnificent machine that took
people not much older than you to the place they would die at, and I have gone back in after the survivors and the bodies of my friends. I have taken
lives, and I have snatched people from certain death.
I am a proud United States citizen. I am proud of my country, and all of it’s peoples…and that includes you…the youngsters. When the
youngsters of my country interact with the youngsters of other countries…be they friend or foe…we get closer to world peace. My generation is
leaving you one heck of a mess to sort out.
Let me first start with my “father like” cautionary statements.
You have chosen to join, or at least read the threads on the ATS forum. And though most of it is family (youngster) friendly, some of it is not.
Some of what you will read here is blatantly unfriendly to young developing minds, and it is obvious in the initial parts of the thread. Some of what
you will read here is more subtle and covert in it’s presentation. It will leave you with questions about things you have been taught were cut and
dried. Those threads are the ones that your exposure to worry me the most.
By virtue of the vast number of people registered on ATS you are presented with a true cross section of the world’s views. Nothing here is cut and
dried. Rather it is a dynamic process of discussion that will present ideas that you and your home culture find agreeable or disagreeable…and many
degrees between. I encourage you to INVOLVE THE ADULTS IN YOUR LIFE while you decide what you believe. The moderators here do an excellent job of
weeding out the most inflammatory posts, but you the consumer…as young as you are…will have to step up to the moderator task for your own
Some admonishments from me (a father) follow:
Protect your personal information. Age, gender, location and affiliations. Do not link to your Facebook page or other social network sites you
frequent. Choose a gender neutral username for ATS. The “good” people here don’t care about your personal information, we want what goes on in
Know that all here are not friends. The ‘bad” people here might want to seem like your friend. Remember, this is a cross section of the
If something here bothers you, steer clear. As a pilot, I do it all the time. If there is something ahead that looks like trouble, I change my
course…up to and including 180 degrees. I know what’s behind me, I know where I came from. Know where YOU came from!
That said, I welcome you to the mind expanding, confusing and ever changing ATS. By being here, you have exhibited a trait of being
young…inquisitiveness. That trait used to be very common, but I feel it has become somewhat rare in the younger generations. Literate, inquisitive
young people are the greatest natural resource on this planet. By being here , you are or will become one of those that make a difference.
Don’t forget to be entertained here. This is far greater than any movie or video game or sporting event. It is ok to laugh at posts. Not all of
them need to be taken seriously. Further not all of them need to be responded to.
When the time comes, share with us what you think. Tell the world what we need to hear.