reply to post by Springer
"Is what I am about to post a genuine attempt at civil discourse/debate about the topic or, am I trying to scream at the world and force my personal
beliefs down everyone else's throat?"
I think this one will be problematic. There are lots of issues routinely posted about on ATS which AUTOMATICALLY CARRY intense emotional aspects to
the topics . . . . religion--particularly Christianity and Islam; UFO's, politics--liberal vs conservative.
On a number of those issues and topics, I try forcefully to SLIGHTLY BALANCE the picture. ATS has a majority of liberal, ANTI-Christian, Muslim
apologist posters and reportedly some mods of similar values.
From my perspective, the values and views I and a number of other Christians and Christian conservatives on ATS hold--ARE ROUTINELY AND
OUTRAGEOUSLY--often wholesale inaccurately shredded up one side and down the other on ATS--OFTEN IN THE MOST HATEFUL AND INACCURATE blackwashing of
Mostly, I think--SO WHAT. Par for the course. This is a town square and folks who can't stand the heat ought to get out of the kitchen.
MY OVERWHELMING GOAL IS TO TRY however much--which will always be SLIGHTLY--to balance the picture of how my perspectives are presented on ATS.
I ENJOY VIGOROUS FAIR-MINDED DIALOGUE. I rarely find that on ATS and it is not a standard I lose sleep over.
Short of FAIR-MINDED--I hope for FAIRLY TREATED BY THE MODS.
I do NOT EXPECT fair treatment by the average ATSers--much less the not so average.
That would be insanely unrealistic to this psychologist/sociologist.
I want to present my perspectives as forcefully and thought provokingly as I can because I know that will cause the most thought about the topics I
hold most dear. THAT'S WHAT I WANT--THOUGHT--PONDERING about the CONTENT--THE IDEAS, PRINCIPLES, TRUTHS I present.
I care about folks conclusions--but I MOSTLY WANT TO PROVOKE THOUGHT--PONDERING--WEIGHING
Phone call--& running out of characters . . . back when I can
"Is this thread I am creating an honest attempt at civil discourse/debate about the subject or, am I trying to sow as much hatred as I can about the
evil ___________s to wake people up to the fact they are scum?"
"Is what I am about to post a clever attempt at sounding like I am seeking honest, civil discourse/debate about the topic so I can claim innocence
when my thread gets removed and I get banned or, is it truly my attempt at understanding and learning?"
MUCH APPRECIATE ALL Y'ALL'S EFFORTS.
My personality and style seems to chronically get me accused of a lot of things folks who are close to me--not just face to face--but folks close to
me on the net only--find INCREDIBLY INACCURATE.
Nevertheless, it continues. I'm accused of hating . . . and I rarely even hate satan.
I just don't hate people. Even folks who have harshly abused me horribly are reasonably easy for me to forgive and hope and pray for God's best for
I'm accused of racism. Again, it's nonsense. I've had black, Muslim, hispanic, Japanese, Chinese roommates and have loved all of them.
I'm accused of being a lobotomized bigotted idiot etc.
I have strong biases that I fiercely state. However, I doggedly work hard to word things as ideas vs against other people and their personhood.
I do hate DOUBLE STANDARDS. And sometimes, it seems that ATS has overmuch of such. That can get really itrritating.
I do hate GROSSLY EXTREME HYPOCRISY. I don't like hypocrisy period but we are all mortal and flawed. I reserve hatred for outrageous extremes of
hypocrisy. Sometimes, that can seem overly common on ATS.
I also tend to state things forcefully and with some creativity and hopefully some wit and humor.
But I don't exactly take prsoners nor suffer fools delightfully.
Nevertheless, I think I have learned the ATS standards for civility and routinely keep them plus a margin beyond.
I'm typically very harshly personally assaulted in my personhood. I rarely alert on it because it's not a big priority to me except when the
hypocrisy of it gets extreme.