posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 09:10 PM
What a fun question. I enjoyed reading everyone's "starting" points.
It's hard to say where it all began. There were small stages which brought me to this point. First of all I was born into Communism. When I was young
I would hear my parents secretly talk about the West and how great it was out there. In school however, our authority figures proclaimed that Russia
was the best place on earth, and that people in the West are starving. I believed them at the time. I sometimes heard my parents mention some singer
who "committed suicide", but it was rumored among select people that the Communists assassinated him for singing coded anti-communist songs.
Second of all, I've had many odd experiences in the house where I was born. It started at an extremely early age. To this day the scientific part of
me doesn't know what it was that I saw and heard. Some people would call them "ghosts" or "spirits". I remember being so terrified some nights,
that even if I had to go to the bathroom at night, I'd rather hold it till morning than open the door and go down those stairs. Lights would go on
and off in the hallway, footsteps going up or down the staircase, door knobs turning, voices saying hello and calling us by our name. My dad and I
were witness to one of these episodes together, during daylight no less. Maybe we were all crazy, and maybe there was something more to it. It made me
wonder if other people also had such experiences.
After we escaped Communism and settled in Germany seeking political asylum, I got to hear a lot more about communist deceit, and I got to see for
myself that the West really was a great place to be. It was nothing as it was described by my teachers or communist neighbors. It was the opposite.
We immigrated (legally) to the U.S. some years later and my dad would have more conversations with me about this or that (theories about space,
what's out there, new science, history, politics, etc.). These conversations always fascinated me. They were subjects I didn't get to talk about
with my friends. One day he mentioned the Philadelphia Experiment, and it blew my mind. It sounded way out of this world, and I just had to find out
the truth. I researched it on the internet and one of the places I was led to was ATS. When I clicked on the home page, a new world opened up to me.
The topics were interesting, people were discussing odd subjects I enjoyed in a civilized manner, and I was hooked. Mostly I was happy to see that
I'm not the only one who thinks about these things. I was pleasantly surprised when I found skeptics on board, because I felt it balanced out some of
the threads. I'm still not convinced about a lot of things I read here, but I keep an open mind. Possibilities are endless, and sometimes the truth
can be more interesting than fiction.