reply to post by MountainLaurel
your disagreement strengthens my point: there is no reflection, research or well documented sources for most of what is being posted lately.
the BA thread was, essentially, some guy's paranoia about seeing a commercial twice in two hours of watching television and allowing his emotions to
override reason. his emotions being fear or hope, possibly a desire for confirmation of his beliefs to bolster his ego or status on ATS. personally,
here in canada, there are times when the same advertisement plays every commercial break for hours. should i then quickly look for symbols/signs and
post my suspicions to ATS? no. what should happen is this:
1. question whether or not my beliefs, or want to believe, is influencing my reason.
3. educate myself on symbology or locate sources that may confirm some of my suspicions.
4. question myself again - is this rational or irrational?
in the BA case, it seems irrational. it's wishful thinking.
i don't know a thing about signs/symbols. there are probably a few people on ATS well versed in them, though the majority is not, nor can they be
considered amateur scholars of the subject. the op of the BA thread probably knows very little, save for pyramids, triangles, and clocks/time. he knew
little, yet, for him, it was enough to convince himself that it was a lot, therefore he was knowledgeable enough to quickly make a thread about an
insignificant commercial with his observations and opinions about the sinister message behind it. his thread was successful due to the large volume of
people throwing in their knowledge, creating a hodgepodge theory about what the commercial was foretelling.
a few years ago i took a course dealing with semiotics. the professor, before beginning the first course of the term, stated, "semiotics isn't a
free-for-all. it is hard work. there's a lot of deconstructing and researching, etc. etc. before you can get anywhere." what i see in the BA post is
a free-for-all. but to be honest, there were times when the class seemed to be a free-for-all. what i mean to say is that we can find messages in
anything if we look hard enough, or allow ourselves to believe there is something to be found. do you not think that you are seeing these "messages"
because you want to? it is very easy with hindsight to say "look at this...and this! when i put them together...it's an obviously vague message from
a mysterious group of people! why didn't i see this earlier?!" doesn't that seem a bit ridiculous? at least give a whimsical belief serious thought
before jumping to conclusions.
it is almost as if people are so uninterested in the world around them, the universe, because it seems boring, mundane, that they hope/wish for
anything out of the ordinary to happen. for some of the people on ATS, they begin to believe there are evil people behind everything.
and i apologize for using the term stupid; it was uncalled for.