Originally posted by neformore
Point is, you have no idea who you are talking to, so how can you label them?
You describe them as a "shill" because they don't see the world your way.
Its this kind of thinking that caused the 9/11 forum to be put under close moderation scrutiny - the polarisation of opinions based on assumptions of
what people think they know, when no one knows for sure.
Exactly right, and this is something I wish more people would understand. Just because you have a feeling about something, does not make it so. I have
feelings all the time about things and often times they are not right.
Having a sense that some one may be a shill, does not make them a shill and ultimately, there is no way for anyone to prove they are anything more
than a member of ATS. Going the "direct route" and calling them a shill, does not hurt that poster...It merely gives off an impression that you are
unable to defend your own position on the subject at hand.
Sensing that some one is a "shill" because they feel differently about something that you are so certain is the truth. That is another thing. People
need to learn the difference between their opinion/belief and fact. They are not always the same thing.
For example, you may be certain that the Tooth Fairy is real.You may feel that you KNOW she is real. but really you don't know, and some one saying to
you " No, I don't think the Tooth Fairy is real" does not mean they are a shill, it simply means they have a different belief then you do....
And there is no need to single people out and attack them or call them names such as shill, for a differing belief...If you do that, you will spend
the rest of your life attacking EVERYONE. Why? Because no two people feel the same about everything.
So either, everyone in the world is a shill or we all just have our own beliefs and we should welcome them and be able to discuss our stance on an
issue with out attacking the other person for daring to believe differently.
Who are you and I to say, "I believe this way, and you believe differently, so you are wrong..."? No one, that's who.
The way I see it, if you can't discuss a subject with out being able to defend your own stance and with out having to resort to just saying " You
disagree? You are clearly a paid shill"...Well, maybe you shouldn't be debating in the first place...Because...Such attacks and inability to defend
your position, hurt YOUR stance...Not theirs.
At the end of the day, what it comes down to is simple.
We can all have our own opinions, discuss and debate our differing beliefs....But we can and should be nice about it when we do so. Because we are all
adults here and there is no reason to act anything other than civil.
Peace and love.
edit on 5-6-2012 by gimme_some_truth because: (no reason given)