posted on Aug, 11 2012 @ 07:30 AM
Just reading through the many responses, nice to see so many like minded individuals.
Someone said it's hard to make new friends and I couldn't agree more. I've met many people over the years, I'm quite a friendly and outgoing
person, I just find most people want to waste their time getting wasted with their pals and have no real interests. Sadly, I've walked away from some
people or moved on and to be perfectly honest I've gone as far to actively ignore and completely cut certain individuals out of my life. A good
example is a friend I made when I started my current job about 5 years ago.
We got on well at first, but I soon tired of the phone calls and text messages, the unrelenting bombardment of non-stimulating conversation about what
films he'd watched or what television shows he watched. It's hard to fake an interest in that kinda thing when it's all the other person really
seems to know or care about. Phoning you and going on about some movie, on the phone over an hour, ear bashed...energy drained - knowing a mate likes
reservoir dogs isn't rewarding enough to endure a 1 hour amateur commentary on the finer points of the movie. I stopped answering calls from him,
stopped going out for the occasional drink with him because it was actually driving me mad, it got harder and harder to spend time in this persons
company. That's only one of the more recent examples. I haven't seen or heard from this person in almost a year now, think he's finally got the
message. In a way I feel bad, because he's not a bad person...we just have little to nothing in common...I do like reservoir dogs, but that's all -
I ain't gonna waste too much time analysing the film or thinking about it, I saw it years ago, and have since moved on.
It's not all bad, I'm fortunate to have one or two real friends who know me well enough and have some similar interests, they might not agree with
some of my opinions or have heard about some of the subject I'll perhaps talk about, but they don't pooh-pooh or ridicule and can be quite
insightful at times, there just aren't enough of these people.
On the subject of current events, news, etc. I get what jrigger means. I don't watch any tv, haven't done for many years. Very rarely look at a
newspaper as it's mostly sensationalist, celebrity gossip. Most of the interesting news stories I read right here on ATS. The fact that out of about
8 or 9 people only 1 had even heard of the current mars mission was astonishing to me.
I know nasa aren't 100% forthcoming with the truth, but it's still an interesting subject...I'd rather see 1 black and white photo of some rocks on
mars than an entire season of two and a half men, but that's me. I know that even though many people who frequent ATS don't actually care about the
nasa mars mission, they still care about important things. We all have similar interests to some extent and that's why we're here. I was just using
that as an example...here's another - I mentioned a few weeks back to some workmates at lunch about the diet coke/aspartame scandal. Again - nobody
had heard of this - absolutely not a-one person at the table that day knew or seemed to csre, quite the contrary, one girl said she'd continue to
drink diet coke, I rhymed off the top of my head a whole list of products and people were like...yeah, i eat/drink that, yeah that too...i still will
eat/drink that. I almost got angry and stopped talking about it because I could see they simply didn't care.
A lot of quite positive responses, thanks for your input. Truth is i value all of your input with regards to this subject more than I do those who I
know in real life - outwith the online community - simply because I know most ATS members are seekers of information and truth...so it's all good and
appreciated - thanks.