posted on Nov, 25 2012 @ 06:10 PM
I understood the intent of your other topic, TC. My post in it, to which you responded, was directed at others on the site who tend to view skepticism
as Hollywood often portrays it. As I said in the post, "the mean old, colsed minded scientist who dashes the dreams of the idealistic believer
protagonist." In my younger years I was a staunch believer in many things, and I always carried around that sort of, "I'm a believer, I'm not one of
those darn skeptics who refuse to believe in anything," attitude. So I know some harbor such feelings, and I have seen them displayed.
My only real personal concern re: 2012 at the moment, given several recent topics on ATS about mental illness, depression, etc. is whether the failure
of any of these things to happen (if it turns out that way) will provoke deep disillusionment in others. As someone who lost or had disrupted many of
his personal beliefs as a younger man, I know how devastating that kind of disillusionment can be, and how long it can take to recover from and build
a new, viable worldview from their ashes. Many might scoff and say, "It was a silly belief to begin with, just get over it," while others will even go
so far as to say, "they deserve their disillusionment." But I can assure you that there are at least some people in the world so invested both
emotionally and even materially in this supposed phenomenon that its failure to produce any tangible change in their lives or the state of the world
would result in deep, painful disillusionment.
I think, as members of a conspiracy theory and other fringe topic themed website, we should give some extra thought this winter - especially since
this time of year can tend to provoke depression regardless - to being that much kinder and more empathetic to our fellow users around the 21st of
next month. I can envision some bad scenarios playing out if people that disillusioned get dog piled on by gleeful naysayers and "told you so"-ers.
There are civil ways to acknowledge that a prediction has failed to come to fruition, analytical, fact-archiving ways, and then there are cruel ways.
I have seen a lot of both in my time here on ATS over the years.
edit on 11/25/2012 by AceWombat04 because: Typo