posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 03:06 AM
Here is the deal. I was never a lurker. The first day I discovered ATS I became a member. I found everything here absolutely fascinating.
Observation is very important to me when it comes to people. I see people create works of art in posting their findings on the vast array of subjects
ATS caters to. I'm not sure "art" is an accurate portrayal, but it is as close as I could come to the word. Your hard work, dedication and
passion do not go unnoticed. Even the people who consistantly flame or troll or whatever add to the entire experience of my dabbling here. The
psychology of it all is captivating.
I find myself on here getting all tied up in knots over the political issues, the civil issues, the world in general. I can identify with everybody
who just wants to step out on their doorstep and scream "Wake up!" I understand those who find hope in religion. I know why so many take comfort
in atheism. I have been both, and I have found myself somewhere in between.
In all the madness, bad news, and growing fear over the great unknown future, I have found peace. My personal peace comes at a time I have least
expected. I still get angry, but something has changed. I once took great pleasure in indulging the monster within. I was all too eager to feed my
own hatred in the belief that it made me powerful. I was wrong. I couldn't wait to be pushed to the point of reaction. Now I realize that reaction
is the affirmation that all instigators need to pass judgement.
I honestly believe that the peace I feel within is due almost entirely to reconnecting with the stars. I have had a stint of a little over a decade
where I have not cared to look up. I take all of the Elenin doom and gloom threads with a grain of salt, but in the end I have to credit them for
making me take just a moment in the last 5 months of my being on ATS to gaze into the night sky. Now I devote at least two hours a night to doing so.
I have seen a great many wanderous things. I see military craft that have no classification, that I know of. I see stars that appear to move. I
see traveling points of light that I cannot explain. I have begun learning the constellations, and the stars that comprise them. It gives me the
greatest perspective of my place in the grand scheme of things.
I have every one of you to thank for this feeling. Continue to be what you are, but take just a moment to experience what others are attempting to
make you aware of. I cannot stress the importance of this enough.
Also, remember that in being unique individuals, it is impossible for us to all agree. If somebody debates your stance on a subject, so be it. In
the end give each other a cyber hand shake and agree that you disagree.
I wish my peace on all of you.