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I think anyone who has been on ATS long enough will have been through a similar process...when I first joined ATS I was ready to relearn everything I'd learnt my entire life...and a lot of the time I probably wasn't skeptical enough...I slowly had that same epiphany... "What have I become? Am I crazy person that believes too much?" ...It was then that I started analyzing things from a more skeptical point of view...and I found that I was believing a lot less of what I read, and would often think to myself "I probably would have believed that before"...It's always good to keep a sharp eye out for hoaxery...truth seeking is fine and dandy, but believing lies as truth can be ultimately damaging to your entire search.
When I finally realized it all, I realized that joining ATS had helped me to regain my senses, so to speak. It helped to ground me again, to get my head back in the real world and to properly analyze facts versus heresay.
Originally posted by BigOrange
Though it may seem so, the real world isn't always as it seems, and the real answers we are looking for may not ever be disclosed to us.
What evidence do you really have that the world as we know it won't really go up in flames. I'm glad you know not to believe every story that someone tells, but just because everyone has different opinions shouldn't make you skeptical of the fact that mankind will eventually go down in ruin.
Look at how progressively worse the world has gotten decade to decade... Eventually there's going to be so many sadistic people and anarchists that something will have to be done be it nuclear war or extermination. Take in to account all the asteroids floating around out there as well, there's too many to count; also don't forget that our sun will one day reach it's end, and eventually cook us to death, or not provide the light and heat necessary for survival. It's very obvious mankind will not be here forever whatever the case is. We live in a violent and unforgiving universe.
I know you were't specifically referring to this, but what really is it that makes you a skeptic?