Well, I didn't want to just post something and then run away without answering my critics, but I'm not sure what I can add. Almost all of you make
very valid points.
We do need skeptics. They keep us sharp and safer from fanaticism. If you're a genuinely open-minded questioner of all things, bless you. But this
rant was about people who call themselves skeptic, but never question certain things. If they hear about "9/11 was an inside job," they never stop and
think, "Hmmm....was it?" They just react negatively. It's those people I wish I could get to be more open-minded....
for their own good.
Look, I don't care if my views are unorthodox and you throw cold water on them. My ego and world view aren't that fragile. The marginal stuff I
believe in is freakin' important, in my opinion, because it affects everybody. Maybe you should ask if maybe you do have a soul. It might matter some
day. Maybe you should ask if the government is putting something in your water. It might matter some day.
I did the original post because some guy with a comedy web site took a pot shot at Morgellon's. Just dismissed it as a hoax out of hand. Now, while
there are certainly crazy people out there, and liars, and people with psychosomatic illnesses and Munchhausen's and who knows what else, there are
tens of thousands of people reporting these symptoms. Some of them are taking photos, and they show synthetic fibers coming out of people's skin.
Now, I don't know if it's real or not, but the official word from the medical community is that these people are imagining this. And that pisses me
off. They're able to photograph their imaginations, I guess. And then some douche like the comedy web site guy comes along and mocks these people who
are clearly suffering.
And before you bomb me with numerous websites about what a bunch of b.s. Morgellon's is-you're missing the point. The point is that none of the people
reading that comedy web site will ever stop and ask themselves if it is true or not. They'll stay close-minded. And the "skeptic" is the high-priest
of their close-mindedness. That's infuriating.
Stars to those who got it. For the rest of you, I hope this makes it clearer.
edit on 15-11-2012 by Snsoc because: spelling and