Ideas are strange things which come in many varieties. There's the "It made sense after 6 beers" idea, which is always embarrassing if you can only
Then there's the "I've finally found the secret to perpetual motion" idea. That dissolves after a few night's sleep, some reading on the subject, or
a little experimentation.
Occassionaly, we get the blindingly brilliant idea which changes the way we think or produces a fantastic new product.
I've just had a thought of the fourth kind, "half-baked," but maybe it can be nursed to something worthwhile.
That's what I want you ATSers to do. I've taken a couple of steps down an interesting path, but I need some travelling companions to make this
So, come along, and I'll give you your briefing. I assume you're familiar with most ot the fora on this site. You know how the emotions can rise
when people talk about religion, politics, Israel, bankers, the police, and race, just to start.
Then there are the conspiracy fora. It was getting so crazy that the big bosses had to shut down 9/11 threads for a while, Nibiru is big, you can
throw in Nazis, UFOs, and Illuminati. In fact, dozens of conspiracies.
Each of these are worth looking into if you're curious, just like any academic subject. BUT, THAT'S NOT WHAT WE DO.
The name calling, anger, unwillingness to look at information unless it fits pre-approved opinions. There is rage here, something far beyond simple
And looking at the rage gave me my half-baked idea. I think most conspiracies, President Obama, and much if not most of ATS posts and threads come
from three words: HATE, ENVY, and FEAR. These are the elements which make an otherwise reasonable discussion into a jungle fight.
Perhaps some examples, I don't know if I'm allowed to link to individual posts, so I'll just describe them.
What drives Obama? Hate for neo-colonialism, and unequal wealth distribution, envy of other celebrities, fear of being questioned or being held
Obama supporters? Envy of the things other's have, and satisfaction of those desires by government gift, Fear that they might lose some benefit or
right, hatred of the wealthy.
Gays-Straights? Gays envy Straights, not just for marriage, but because society is comfortable with Straight relationships, and not theirs.
Straights are fearful of the results of the gay "movement." As a result, there is some hate on both sides.
Israel - Islam? Israel is as fearful as a country can be, they certainly don't envy the Muslim world, but there is the hate that comes from constant
threats. Muslims are afraid of the contanimation of their religion, and that if somebody on either side makes a mistake, they will be suddenly short
lot of Muslims. Because Israel is threatening the pillars of Islamic society, Israel has become a supernatural evil, the devil
incarnate which must be destroyed.
9/11? A combination of a hatred for Bush, a hatred for the Israelis, even a hatred for America.
Police brutality? Fear of the police, hatred of the police, and a little buried envy of their powers.
The Illuminati? Sure there's a little fear of what they might be proposing, but many ATSers want a one world government, and, honestly, how many of
you would join up if offered the chance. Think of the power and protection you'd get.
Well, that should be enough to get things started. Do we need an additional word or two? For a while, I thought Ignorance would be a good addition,
but that's not enough by itself to raise things to the level of fury I've been seeing.
Help me out. Polish up this idea, or show it's complete nonsense. I think I've got the start of something, but need your help.
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