While I am not exactly sure this thread is in the right section of ATS, I'll bite.
No, no we are not.
The average Joe Blow Citizen, have their heads warped by MSM, and they like it that way.
The only concepts they have, thanks to their Normalcy Bias, are what they see on TV, what they have happen to them the day prior (or that moment) and
what their bank accounts or credit lines will let them buy. The only time they express shock or alarm is when the media tells them to be shocked.
Then there is the media circus and or political circus that distracts them from real threats to their lives/lifestyles. I'll go as far as to mention
the religious circus that exists as well, some of them having built in 'TSHHTF' end of days scenarios. (An' some that do not.)
The people you see on ATS, while they have their own set of personal issues and world views are an 'exotic' and extremely small minority population.
(When observed from the perspective as a 'whole world' population.) (I'll let you decide on the average intelligence of the ATS members on your
What we do have is our own filters as to what makes us sit up and take notice.
Some of us react to the sudden shifts and transitions of the Earth's Surface.
Some of us react to the sudden shifts of the Sun Corona.
Others react to the 'intra-extra-solar system eccentricities ' Comets, meteors, satellites and the like.
Then you have the politically driven reactionary groups.
The currency driven reactionary groups.
An' so on and such forth.
The fact of the matter most us us here have had some sort of 'trigger' event that made us sit up and wonder 'wt_' is going on. Some of the
triggers may have been more life altering, others may have been simple curiosity.
Yes there will be 'alarmist extremes' in such an exotic minority grouping, and there will be those that go to extremes to warn others of a
'threat.' Then you will have those who got 'jolted hard' from their normalcy bias and into the big scary world, who 'are honest in their panic,
but short on facts'.... Then another lot who are doing it 'just for the shock factor or to see how big of troll reaction they can get.'
You can also blame the media for people wanting to use 'big exclamatory inflammatory reactionary statements.' After all the media conditioned us to
only 'react' if the information or news is not presented in any other manner.
So no, its no that we are terrorizing ourselves, unless of course our 'new normalcy bias' is that 'There is always some new way for everything to
go to hell, and we want to be the first to ride that tidal wave as it hits. '
Of course your own 'normalcy bias' will likely be different from mine.