posted on Sep, 21 2012 @ 08:44 AM
So heff, I see 16 pages in and still going strong....
This must be a true labor of love for you to keep up with this thread. Did you realize that you were opening pandoras box with this one?
I think that is why I gave up writing my own threads....first I'm not a great writer, secondly, I am not responsible enough to keep up with them.
I think you were very smart to put your thread in the right forum, I am pretty sure that alone protects you from any "T&C" violations.
I must admit when I first read your post, I was a bit freaked out, I felt a bit "taken" by you.....you seemed so nice on the
forum....lalalalala....why would you do something like that?
But then after awhile of thinking about it, I was like "hey....wait a minute.....here is a guy telling me he is manipulating me and everyone one else
on ATS.....why if he were really doing this, would he admit to it?
Would someone who manipulates so much, feel a genuine need to confess? What would be the point of the confession? Then I went off on the tangent of
how do I know his intentions? Then I thought, here is a guy, I know next to nothing about, and he is telling me he suffers from serious mental
illness....how do I know he isn't just crazy? Should I believe something a crazy person says? How do I know if he is really mentally ill? If he is
really mentally ill, is that a valid reason not to trust him? How can I believe anything in that OP? Why should I? Because he says it's a confession?
Why should I trust the confession of an admitted "manipulator"? Isn't a confession of manipulation, from some who manipulates an oxymoron? Isnt a
confession of manipulation just a potential other form of manipulation? Isn't that alone a reason to question everything? Then my mind slipped into
the absurdity of it all....
a million thoughts, red flags, possibilities and questions began churning around......that was when it clicked and I realized that was the point of
your thread. You laid it all out quite simply. The point was for me to not take anything at face value....including your OP. I realized my initial
emotional response of being hurt was the response you were possibly going for.....to get that emotional reaction from ATSers. (You spelled it out
quite clearly in the OP)To show how easy it is to be lead astray or to react and lash out based on emotion, when really what people should be doing is
questioning the source and questioning the motivations of the source.
The paradox was you were being truthful, you were (potentially) manipulating us to get an emotional response by being honest about manipulation. You
were being truthful by clearly stating that emotions cause people to lose sight of the underlying message, that emotional responses cloud logic. You
also stated that we should question everything.....by everything you meant EVERYTHING---Including your own OP. This shows how lies and truth are
wrapped around each other so tightly it is possible even a liar is honest, and even an honest person is a liar....
Desconstructing disinformation. It was crystal clear to me.
Now, I have no clue if that really was the intention of your OP or not( I am not in your head, after all) ......but that is what I got out of it, so
despite what your intentions were, now you see the result your thread had on me. It was a reminder of the the heart of conspiracy theory....to truly