posted on Aug, 14 2010 @ 09:48 AM
ATS is a mirror for all of us, to see our reflection.
Sometimes posts are rhetorical, sometimes they beg for answers, sometimes they are outlets for frustration and have no point at all other than the
sole purpose of venting.
I see threads pop from time to time why ATS is going down the tubes, but I disagree and here is why.
What people fail to realize is that we all go through phases of awareness, so let me explain.
When most people first start posting on ATS they come here to vent, yes vent, most of the time when people vent it has to do with a lot of pent up
frustration and anger. For some this anger is months or days, in the making, but for others it may be years of pent up frustrations. I am not making
excuses for anyone, just calling it like I see it.
Think back to when you first started to post on ATS, or maybe you are new and are still in a venting stage, do you read your content that you post and
other responses? Of course you do, hence giving reflection to what you post. Sometimes it takes minutes to see who you are, sometimes it takes days,
months, even years but after time we are able to see patterns in ourselves and truly reflect.
I have personally, over the years, looked back at things I have posted and thought “did I actually say that?” or “I can’t believe how my anger
got the best of me”, but we move on, learn and grow. It’s all good.
Now there are those select few that come to ATS when no “axe to grind” and with the sole purpose of sharing information, but when someone
disagrees even with the most timid, egos prevail.
The Mods are the ones that actually have to deal with the temporary chaos, from time to time….hmmm maybe all the time (lol), and they all do a great
job of it. The staff here ATS has great wisdom and understanding or else many people would get instantly banned.
Now as time progresses many will see a metamorphose, some have a slow transition, but others seem to look into the ATS Mirror and see who they are and
adjust their behavior. I know I have, lol.
There are those that never seem to get past the point of ATS first stage, and keep getting banned, or warned, but sooner or later they will see the
errors in their ways and adjust.
How can you not adjust your behavior if you constantly see it after you post, and then people respond?
If one person tells you your an arse you can let it go, but when 100 people do then you have to look at yourself a bit closer to see why.
ATS can be a great experience, when the negative information gets too much you can go to BTS, or just take a short break, but others deserve the
chance to see who they are and what spews from their inner soul, so they can get to the place where many veterans are on ATS.
Maybe in the long run this spewing and self reflection will save lives, physical confrontation, destructive perpetual self behavior. Also if we and
see how we are with words, IMO, let the words flow and the healing begin.
This is to all of my ATS friends searching for the Real Truth, because the truth these days, and has always been subjective. That is why I picked my
user name on ATS, it had to do with subtle sarcasm.
Peace to all of you, however slowly or quickly it comes.
[edit on 14-8-2010 by Realtruth]