posted on Feb, 7 2011 @ 04:14 AM
First and foremost, I have been an ATS reader for many years. I apologize that it has taken this long for me to consciously participate - I issue no
excuses. I have forgotten my original UN and PW, therefore I created this new handle.
Deny Ignorance - A term that I recognize as CRITICAL for openness to the TRUTH.
I recently came across a situation that I use to, in my adolescent years, encounter regularly. My girlfriend, who works with an entirely female staff,
was engaged in a group conversation with the women who she works with. In the midst of this conversation, she felt stereotyped as a "conspiracy nut"
based on ideas of mine that she has shared with her co-workers in recent months.
We have been dating and living with each other for about a year and a half now, so she is fully aware of my curiosity to explore new ideas and
"taboo" topics that most would roll their eyes at. I, personally, haven't cared about what folks think about me, my ideas, or theories that I wish
to discuss with others. I do it anyway and see what comes from it. My girlfriend seems to feel misrepresented and alienated by her co-workers because
of what she has shared with them since she has been employed there.
The reason that I am posting this story is because I find that this model of discrimination leads to a normalization of true group denial and
ignorance of curiosity and exploration. By all means - this is just an example of the ongoing ideology of "If it SOUNDS ridiculous, then it MUST be
crazy!"… But I've never actually quantified its significance from an outside perspective like this time.
This time, it's not me being called a "conspiracy theorist"… It's my girlfriend (who really only listens to me out of the kindness of her
heart). I'm sure that she's talked to her co-workers about some of the theories I discuss with her in a jokingly manner... but now, because she has
expressed my views in the confidence of her own peers, her views have been unequivocally associated with mine.
My point is that our society in general is still in concrete denial of the idea that exploration of new or outrageous theories is without value and is
not even worth considering.
I will NEVER stop conversing about theories or ideologies that some may find to be ridiculous, because our species would have never gotten to this
point of awareness without it!!
WE CANNOT BE AFRAID TO SOUND WRONG. The discussion of various topics (whatever they may be) from a 360˚ angle (and in between) is IMPERATIVE for the
evolution of thought and advanced ideologies.
ATS's motto - "Deny Ignorance" has warmed my heart ever since I read it. We MUST be able to discuss any topic we see fit… or ignorance has
This concept clearly strikes home with me. But with so many others, such as my girlfriend's co-workers, it is lost in the trap of social acceptance.
I would like to elaborate by saying these women are not young, but of all ages; therefore there is NO EXCUSE for the petty actions which they engage
in. We as humans, living on a rock orbiting a flaming ball of gas, should dismiss NO idea without considering EVERY angle.
Unless we embrace this idea of "Deny Ignorance"… The evolution of our current ideologies will cease to progress. And progress is what our
civilized social society needs most.
To this - I salute Above Top Secret for being the leading forum to express ideas and theories which, elsewhere, would never even be considered. MOST
of us here have felt a similar feeling of social alienation for expressing our open thoughts. I also salute YOU! For standing up for the right to
express your ideas and theories.
DENY IGNORANCE AT ALL COSTS.
And NEVER be afraid to express yourself.