Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
To the members of ATS, and our readers, I have one word of advice; "steady."
These days, a casual glance at the topics displayed on our recent posts page provides a
compelling snapshot of the intensely troubling times in which we find ourselves. For those of us who keep track of world and political events (of
which I assume are we all who frequent ATS), it can often seem as though the world is falling apart before our eyes.
While there will be many who experienced similar times in the past telling us our contemporary issues aren't as bad as events once where... that was
then, and this is now.
The reflexive tendencies to lay blame on religions, ideologies, politics, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups other than our own for the multitude
of problems can, and will, be overwhelming for many of us. Indeed, we're seeing a sudden rise in contact emails and complaints that we (ATS
ownership) are favoring liberals, conservatives, Palestinians, IDL, and just about an equal distribution of every other "side" of the myriad issues
This is only natural. People will lay blame on ideologies because ideologies are mostly what have created modern politics as we know it. They have
created the cultural divide. People like to pick and choose whatever ideologies they follow, and, they mindlessly debate amongst themselves in the
many facets that ideology entails. As for religion, religion does deserve some blame. It's not the religion itself. It's the people who control
the religion and push various agendas- and get people to believe certain things, while ignoring the other good parts of their religion that would
teach more tolerance. You can blame the Church for that. Of course people will blame politics, because, politicians are largely in control of a lot
of decisions on the domestic front. They may not be able to change the rewards system with how everything is controlled by lobbyists, but at the very
least, they can decide what kinds of issues get talked about, or, get worked on, so they deserve some blame too. People have blamed ethnicities for
problems since the beginning of time. People have hated on the poor since the beginning of time, and likewise, people also have hated the rich for
various reasons as well from the beginning of time.
It's also natural for people to favor liberals or conservatives. Those are the two main ideologies at this time that are the most powerful. People
will go to them because they agree with them. Then, they will become a liberal, or a conservative. Of course people will be pro-Palestine right now-
because of the Israel raid on the Flotilla. I don't necessarily see anything wrong with this.
Over the past several months (if not years), our humble little conspiracy theory discussion board has evolved from an interesting place were a few
thousand people read about some rather interesting speculation and research, to the "Go-To" resource where millions of people come to learn more
about the highly troubling issues of contemporary times. Sometimes there is a conspiratorial slant. Other times there is a provocative issue that
"feels" like a conspiracy. But with increasing frequency, we're seeing more and more people simply doing their best to try and understand the
influences contributing to these worrisome days.
Many times, those people will express a point of view that others find disagreeable.
Sometimes, such people will even challenge our sensibilities with rhetoric that borders on hateful.
And occasionally, the hateful rhetoric becomes intolerable.
Such is the "baggage" associated with the nature of the world events vying for our limited attention.
Now, more than ever, people need to vent.
Now, more than ever, we need to accept that venting (within the ATS T&C) as an opportunity to understand how others are effected by the stress and
turmoil of these days.
Here, especially now, our goal should not be to use ATS as our own personal soap box, but as a means to find understanding, or at the very-least as a
path to learn how others are affected differently by the turmoil in the world.
People are angry. People are scared. People are confused. People are seeking answers.
Anger may not be quelled. Fear may not be alleviated. Confusion may not be solved. Answers may not be found. But seeking to understand the cause of
these feelings in others is a major step. It's what mature and civilized people do. The new breed of ATS members and users are capable of
understanding. It's what "deny ignorance" means.
Steady. Steady, my friends.
I guess what you're worried about is the fear that everyone has over the modern world. Once you wake up, and, you start to see the world as it
really is, as many of these people are- it's hard not to be emotional about it. It's hard not to tell how you really feel about the issues. There
is no doubt that people should think first before they say something without basis, like, blame Obama for the oil spill and say that he's using it as
for his hidden agenda- with no proof. I just think people need to express their emotions on these things.
We can't let these people have their way and I used to think that a lot of people were just fear mongering here, that, they just were crazed
conspiracy theorists, but, they really want to make a difference with the world, and, I think you're just concerned about an increasing growing
number of people who are trying to make a difference, that they might become too emotional and that it might eat away their life. I understand
that... people need to take a breath of fresh air every once in a while.
But, I think that people should be able to vent their emotions out- if they have proof of what they say. I think part of what makes this website
different from others is because the members have their own unique perspective, and, they should say what it is that is on their mind- without
hesitation. I guess I just disagree with you on this, and, I don't think you can help but be alarmed by what is going on.
[edit on 3-6-2010 by Frankidealist35]