reply to post by SkepticOverlord
A wise and timely post on the pressure cooker that has become ATS but I think that this pressure cooker environment that has become a part of the ATS
experience was also inevitable as the events in the world has seemed to have stepped up a notch. We as a member base have always looked beyond that
which the mainstream would wish and for that reason we are going to feel that pressure much more keenly in my opinion as it is also felt as keenly in
In context that stress we feel in looking deeper into the cause and global effect is now forcing some to post before thinking longer on the
psychological effects that offloading their stress will have on others. Sure it is all just written words on a screen but most of us have been online
long enough now to see the words as something much more than walls of text and the only thing we cannot see is intonation and deeper meanings that we
always gain from a face to face conversation. However years of living in the online environment has taught us to see the written word as a spoken word
and thus we can be hurt more deeply than others who say “It’s just words on a screen” might care to admit.
This world and its ills I freely admit that I blame it mainly upon globalised socioeconomic forces and not so much on religious forces though of
course all must take a large or small bite out of the blame pie because it is all interrelated but the main player as I see it is greed, the
irrational need to drive on into the green at all costs. Considering that the word altruism seems now to be as dirty and as unwelcome as “in the
red” it seemed inevitable that a rise in tensions would come about.
Politics is all well and good when used as the tool it was created for to serve the people and their wider interests but now in this age this
political drive that once started off so well as a profession that was once considered as something noble and respectful has become subverted to the
needs and whims of big business. As this power has grown globally within this once respectful institution I feel that there is no longer a need or
even a will to remain covert and thus in being overt, people despair at the greed, grow angry at the sheer arrogance and feel insulted that they must
feel so impotent.
Some hate it and want to tear it down, some become green with envy and want a piece of the cake and yet both sides of the coin (bad pun, my bad) know
they cannot have it because the game is - and has always been strictly controlled within a cynically grabbing cabal of “must have it all’s”,
fighting always to make sure the “have not’s” rarely get into the gang of “must have it all’s.”
Making a buck in these times and under such pressures tends to rub many up the wrong way because more and more there are people who are realising that
there is much more to life and living than just squeezing money out of the environment and out of each other in the unrelenting creation of things we
do not and have never needed. I think the nasty drama unfolding in the gulf for instance has been a shot through the foot of big business interests
and a need to make a dirty buck above making a better world has come back to sit on their chest like a Cadillac and I cannot say I felt bad when I
heard that this event could be the breaking of BP (but I doubt it).
More people under pressures to feed and clothe their kids, to live as they have always hoped to live have caused society to come face to face with an
abyss and if they are not facing it right now then they are in the general neighbourhood of that abyss.
There is a schism born of fear and uncertainty and fuelled by distrust of those they hoped would do the right thing. In western society our innocence
that was shredded on 911 is something we will never get back and even then as I watched the towers burn I had never in a million fevered dreams
expected that the world would change so much and become so hardened to human life and its right to live in the open rather than under an oppressive
and purposefully manipulated cloud of fear.
The war hawks now call out the pace the drums must beat and that pace is increasing tempo so unless things change and fast then there is going to be
trouble in the form of a reduction in work based motivations, a loss of confidence in the so called learned leaders and an acceptance that they had
always been lied to and had always been up until a certain point expendable pawns to be moved around some festering board. These are the symptoms I
have no doubt of a society in spasm and if this very cynical agenda driven engine continues to grow, fed by fear and hate in all things not understood
then I really do think that there could be a total system wide collapse that will make what we have experienced thus far seem like a minor muscle
Some might call me a fear monger for going on thus but they would be wrong because is it fear mongering to tell others that something stinks,
something dark this way comes and if I sincerely believe this then it is not fear mongering?
Anyway – I do not pander to fear I pander to hope, just a personal statement of fact (my get out of jail card).
I come here to ATS for reasons that have not really changed over the years and I have made some great friends here who I happen to talk to outside ATS
and had I not come here I would never have been so fortunate but I must say that the real reasons are everything to do with finding answers to many
questions and to lay to rest a nagging suspicion that perhaps I was on the brink of a psychosis. I need not have been concerned and thanks to ATS (the
people here) I have learned that my mind is not the only one that feels that there is something wrong with our globally interconnected society in the
context of truth from on high or that perhaps we never were in Kansas because we have been played.
We are being played right now by those we had once trusted but those whom we trust no longer.
In being played for so long and so maliciously completely then the despair we are now seeing posted in all the four corners of ATS was probably
inevitable and expected? At the least we can give some of the more passionate and trigger happy a little more leeway rather than give them more rope
because when in such a bind a little warning here and there is not going to make a big difference to stalling the bad feeling or the negative aspects
of the pain so many of us are feeling these days?