posted on Oct, 11 2012 @ 11:46 PM
Hello again ATS.
A couple of months ago I began to strongly temper my own political views because I realized that I'd starting becoming emotionally invested in what
should be a logical decision making process. I caught myself defending things I didn't truly believe in simply because partisan division suggested I
should. I caught myself posting the popular answer and not the one that felt right.
So I began posting about polarization, making threads about indoctrination, mind control, influence peddling, and so forth.
At that time I truly believed that America was as polarized and divided as a nation could be.
I have come, now, humbly before you ATS to say that I was wrong. And I wish to retract my previous statement about America being as polarized as was
possible. Because over the past month, of sitting back and trying my best to not give into my own predispositions, I watched as.....
It all became even more polarized.
If this, the forums of ATS, were an actual space - in the real world - and somebody tossed in a few machetes" I don't know if I'd run for my life,
or grab some popcorn. I truly believe that the blood is so thick in the water, and the emotions are so overpowering right now, that quite a few people
would pick up those weapons and start swinging without a second thought.
Doesn't simple logic dictate that the way to compromise is to actually compromise? To find a set of solutions that leaves neither side totally sated,
nor totally denied? Have we lost ( if we ever possessed it as a species ) the ability to say "I disagree but am willing to listen to your side of
things"? When did we become so dogmatically entrenched that the very concept of the middle has become morally repugnant to those on both sides?
The worse the economy gets, the more polarized people become. To whose advantage is that?
Who controls that economy?
Would they knowingly abuse it as a means of divide and rule?
Would those being divided even recognize it if it where happening?
Would you, honestly, admit to it even if you did catch yourself getting caught up in the hysteria?
Most days I think that my psych diagnosis is a curse I have to struggle through. I have to second guess myself constantly because my emotions are not
in sync with my rational mind... I feel things when I shouldn't and don't feel them when I should. But today? I'm thankful for the blessing of
having a differently wired mind. Because of it I can see this without emotion. And I gotta tell you. It's ugly. On all sides. In all ways.
Everyone is screaming that we're going to lose America. Truth is we lost it before most of us were even born.
Can we ever hope to take it back? Maybe. But never like this. You can say what you want about Jefferson and Hamilton - but I truly feel that if they
could see us now... they would be stunned and ashamed at what their good intentions have come to.
We have to do better than this people. We are insignificant when compared to those who will be born into the world we are currently forging for