I would just like to say that I hear what the OP is saying. Though I still come here and lurk and read interesting posts, I have now been interested
in 'alternative' information, conspiracy theories, doom and other things found on sites like this one for over 20 years. I've been watching the same
themes rotate through year after year after year. Nothing ever comes of most of it, and the earth just keeps moving on. I have come to regard most
of the 'fringe' subjects on these sites as modern day *earth mythology*. Mythology has an important place in our lives, as long as you recognize it
as so. It is a useful tool on many fronts.
So why do I come here? Because there is also interesting information to be found here that you can't find elsewhere, and/or info that the world is
ignoring. Fukushima is a good example, or learning about disaster prep for your home. There are many other good examples, but those are two easy
ones. One can learn a lot here if you learn what to filter out. Maybe it just takes years of listening to the same themes over and over again, I
I read an article in a magazine several years ago that really made sense to me. It was about a man who was very much like the OP (and many people
here) who was wrapped up in all the alternative doom and gloom. He was constantly thinking and reading about the end of the world, and very likely
hung out on this site along with others we all know. One day he started to realize that his constant pining for the end of the world was simply a
crutch; a reason for him to NOT do anything to help improve the future of this world. It was an excuse to sit back and simply write everything off as
if it was already gone, since he was able to justify that it was 'too late'. This manifested as a sad excuse for a life, spent in a constant state of
helplessness and anxiety. When he started to think this all through, he realized his folly and made some major changes in his life. He walked away
from all the negativity that never amounts to anything useful, and started getting involved in the positive aspects of his community, and making the
world a better place NOW.
You can use sites like this as a tool, as long as you know that you must filter out 90+% of the garbage posted here. That other +-10% of useful
information I get from sites like this keeps me much more informed than my friends who only pay attention to mainstream sources. You can have fun
here, and let your imagination run wild, but you must remain skeptical and question everything. If there is no real evidence to back up someone's
claim, then you must file it as entertainment unless you see some real data. Learn to think critically, and if you want to remain open minded on
difficult subjects like UFOs like I am, then go for it.
You know, despite the negative stuff going on in the world, there is quite a bit of positive movement as well. Spend some time hanging out on sites
like TED.com and watch the talks. Get involved in making positive changes in your life at home, and let those changes ripple outward. Don't just sit
around here letting the negativity destroy your mind, body and soul. If the end comes, guess what? You probably won't survive it. That's why its
called 'the end'. So why sit around waiting for it? Do you want to wake up as a senior citizen one day wondering why you pissed your short time on
this planet away on needless worry and paranoia or do you want to live your life?
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