I have been labeled a conspiracy theorist.... I get this label everywhere I go, once folks get to know me, because of my interest in certain
non-mainstream topics. Sadly, the most common reaction I get when I choose to open someones box, peak in and say hello then ask them to come out is
giggles, the shaking of heads and the attempt of being discredited.
I am US military, so I move around alot and find myself in a new work environment, with all new people about every 2 years. (8 bases in 14 years.) I
am very vocal about my thoughts on certain subjects, and openly speak my mind. Most of my beliefs and concepts are well...different. I refuse to
allow someone to snicker (I call them to the carpet and point it out immediately) and they always back down. I challenge the normal thought process
of most on certain subject matter. Eventually most folks will concede and say something like "I see where you are comming from." I refuse to be
the object of ridicule just because I have an open mind.
Very rarely, have I met others like me at work. Most are caught up in sports, cars, sports cars, video games, hunting, fishing, drinking, parties,
religion.....you get the idea.. but I find as i engage them in other things, most are willing to discuss these topics and debate with me, and I
always feel afterwards that I just may have given them a new perspective and food for thought.
Some folks will come to me at the smoke pit, or alone and discuss alternative subjects that they would never bring up in the group for fear of
ridicule. (Ghosts, AP, Aliens, Sasquatch and so on...)
Now please do not take offense to my following statement as this is just an observation.
Most folks like us tend to keep thier thoughts to themselves....and trust me I understand why, but if you would just be more assertive and refuse to
be made fun of I think you would be suprised at the result. Maybe not at first...but eventually, folks will respect your thoughts and beliefs and not
try and stomp you down. (Well they may try but you just have to keep on keeping on!)
In closing, don't be ashamed of what you believe in and the reaction of the masses. Be strong and get out there and speak your mind. The chance to
bring someone a different perspective and eventually to hopefully get them to open thier boxes, peak out and maybe step out and burn it is well worth
Now....go on your mission!