Originally posted by FormerSkeptic
Concurrently, there are many generations of marriage-focused rituals, groups and lifestyles. These are the churches, schools, clubs, debutant balls,
office parties, college parties, joining the military, hanging out at military bases, etc. There are countless social organizations where members
"belong." They're increasing in both variety and reach.
Grandparents and parents alike encourage their eligible kids to be social, befriend similar-minded youngsters, join proper organizations —
essentially keep up with the Joneses and not lose face. It becomes not only encouraged behavior, but generation after generation there's really no
other way to reproduce and pass on the same traditions. There's no other conceivable life!
Add it all up and the predominant population becomes a bunch of social groupies, joiners, belongers, faithful followers —
I think you just made this stuff up, frankly. You didn't do any research. You just assume it is true. The opposite is actually true. People are
"belonging" to social organizations less and less. Here is an example
academic study that shows this. Here's another academic study, Bowling Alone
that shows the same thing. You can also see this anecdotally by looking around you. Traditional organizations, from The Eagles and Odd Fellows to the
local Sportsmans Club are facing declining memberships on nearly every level. From 1998 to 2010 the Masons lost
nearly 30% of its membership
. and compared to the membership in the 19th century, it's a shadow of what it was. Look at any fellowship-type
organization or club and you see a decline. as one person told me, "People like to go down their driveways after work and never come back up!" (to go
to a meeting.)
So, the first issue here is your premise. It's demonstrably not true. If you think it is, you need to prove it much more substantially than simply
declaring it to be true. You also need to tie the first part, the idea that people stay single longer, with the second part, that they join
organizations. So far, one does not imply the other. You haven't shown any more than a shaky theoretical connection.
Now we get to your conclusion.
how in the world (in THIS SHEEPLE WORLD) can a radical concept like extraterrestrials ever be disclosed and gain traction?!
To which one can only say, "Say what??" How did we get from people joining organizations more and more (which actually is less and less) to ET?
Besides, more than one third of
already believes in ET. A UK study showed that
more people believe in aliens than God
, and in terms
of "Disclosure," over 80% of
Americans believe the government is covering up
evidence of alien visitation, kind of a strange statistic when you think about it.
Conclusion: Your argument is completely faulty. Your premise is simply not true at all. The second half of your premis does not follow the first half,
and the conclusion doesn't follow anyway. The whole thing is completely bogus.
edit on 12/30/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason given)