posted on Jan, 10 2011 @ 11:26 AM
In the past couple of days the conversations regarding erad3
and his participation on ATS have been rather revealing ... as the membership
struggles to rationalize this horrific event and its association with it, we seek to retroactively uncover clues that might have indicated to any of
us that this person had this in him and what any of us might have done to prevent it. The truth is however that we simply can't. Erad3's
participation was sporadic and scarce, was mostly cryptic in nature, and did no contain any 'red flag' statements. As such , whilst he might have
been more imaginative than others in his expressions, there simply was no reason to suspect that he would embark in the course he eventually did.
This is in my humble opinion important to note because I fear that human nature is too react to strongly to extraordinary events and that some will
now and going forward try to extrapolate other members' intentions when they observe them posting something that might seem 'off' or 'over the
top' and make them immediately suspicious of anyone who posts ideas outside the conventional norm ... this would be a natural subconscious
overcompensation driven by the helplessness borne out of not catching erad3's
intentions, and wishing to reverse or counteract this
But as I pointed out
on another thread, with a membership as large as
ATS's all aspects of real life will sooner or later manifest ... if statistical history tells us anything is that in fact, for all the 'out of box'
topics that are discussed here and all the alternative thoughts expressed, we as a community are in fact less likely to go off the deep end than
society at large precisely because
we choose to discuss and communicate in a respectful and civil manner topics which others might choose to
remedy by their own hand. In this very real sense it proves that by and large, such communication diffuses the will to engage in extreme acts rather
than fuel it.
Lastly, should any of the victims families and friends ever happen by our community, I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that all our hearts and
prayers go out to you for your loss and suffering. We mourn with you and send you all our sympathy and love.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato