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Originally posted by elFuchs
This is my first post and I thought I'd start out by trying to bring a smile to your face while at the same time addressing something that I experience on an almost daily basis. The CLOSED-MINDED skeptic. The skeptic that "knows", for whatever reason they think they "know", that what I'm suggesting is "impossible"... or "ridiculous"... or "absurd"... or "paranoid"... or whatever, you get my point.
I'm thoroughly fascinated with the "reason" for their closed-mindedness. Their attempts to discredit the whole "thing" by PICKING one small part of the big picture and finding a "normal" way to explain it only make me laugh.
Example (I just made this up and started laughing when I thought of it - I hope it at least brings a smile to your face):
I'm attending a 4th of July picnic in the park. Adults and children are all preoccupied playing games, barbecuing, eating, talking and having a good time. As I walk through the crowd I think I get a strong whiff of gas. I look around and notice that the park is surrounded by the usual office and industrial buildings you find around many parks.
A man I've never met before standing next to me remarks, "isn't this a great celebration?". I acknowledge that it is and continue on to say, "But I'm a little concerned about a strong whiff of gas that I just caught in the breeze. Do you smell anything?". "Ridiculous!" the man exclaims, "you just caught someone's back draft". Right in front of me he winces and lets one rip! He then sniffs the air and says "check that, there's your gas. Quit acting like an uneducated moron and enjoy the party."
God speed ATS!