posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 07:24 AM
Since I have joined this site, from the get go, there was a thread that spoke to an alarming trend among members of ATS, and every few weeks since
there is a new thread created to address the alarming trend among ATS members. I keep wondering when the trend will cease to be alarming, and simply
become understood for what it is, a trend.
All of us, at some point, can be too quick to judge our fellow members, and too quick to dismiss them as not thinking for themselves and simply going
along with the flow, or with the indoctrination they have been subject to, or simply just mindless. Just earlier today, I wound up becoming
befriended by a new member, not because we were in agreement, and strangely, through our strong disagreement both of us seemed to recognize that we
agreed upon more than we disagreed, but it was due to that fierce and stubborn disagreement that we became friends. Indeed, at least a quarter of
those who have befriended are not people who agree with me, but people who sharply disagree with me, and yet recognize that I am not their enemy and
despite our differences, I am not their foe.
In fact, I refuse to foe anyone in this site. I see no purpose in it, and for all my disagreements with others, few have chosen to foe me. These
members of whom I had disagreements with think for themselves, and even though it can be frustrating for me, as I have no doubt frustrating for them
as well, we are all people who understand what we understand based on the level of awareness we have at any given time, and the level of awareness we
have today may not be the same tomorrow, and that change may not be for the better. Emotions always come into play, and if we are not in control of
our emotions then be rest assured our emotions are in control of us. If we do not maintain an emotional level above anger, we will surely succumb to
anger, and then worse slide down the downward spiral of emotions below anger.
Anger and below function as filters to wisdom. We are not wise when we are angry, nor when we are apathetic, or even empathetic or sympathetic, and
we are certainly not wise when we propitiate, or become obsessed with controlling others. We are wise when we are emotionally above anger, whether it
be a conservative emotion, an emotion of action, or serenity, we are wise, but to maintain such emotions takes practice...lot's and lot's of
practice. In the meantime, we will get angry, we will get depressed, we will propitiate, and we will enable others anger, depression and propitiation
with our empathy and sympathy. We are human and if we are not being cause, then we are being the effect of some other cause. But whether we be
effect, or whether we be cause, we are always thinking for ourselves. What we think for ourselves depends upon our wisdom at that time.
[edit on 11-7-2010 by Jean Paul Zodeaux]