posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 09:10 AM
You know, we talk a lot about becoming awakened, aware, and having our eyes opened on this website. going from being deluded or ignorant to being
informed and conscious. I think we often forget to turn that gaze inward toward ourselves and our little (or not so little anymore) community here,
and really open our eyes to things about the world of conspiracy theory that aren't necessarily comfortable or reinforcing to our worldviews.
While it's always been a subliminal knowledge somewhere in the back of my mind, recently I have begun to see clearly for the first time that there
are some - not all, and not even many necessarily, but some - who in addition to (or perhaps as a result of or as the inspiration for) speculating,
thinking, and communicating with others about alternative possibilities, also harbor a deep strain of aggressive paranoia. What do I mean by
aggressive paranoia? The kind of paranoia that goes beyond suspicion of conspiracy, and crosses the line into in my opinion irrational acts towards
others. Viewing any dissent from their position in the CT spectrum as a direct threat to them or their principles somehow, and how that means they
"need to act." A willingness to actually threaten, harass, and even advocate the deaths, of people. The outing of personal information. Incitement
of violence. Etc. etc.
Maybe I'm naive. Maybe I want to see the best in people. Perhaps I've just finally had one of those eye opening awakenings we always talk about. But
instead of seeing God or transcending or realizing we're being visited by ET, I've realized that as much as we like to bristle against the very
suggestion, there are some who really are dangerous or potentially dangerous in communities like ATS. Because the subject matter is often so fear
driven, so elaborate, and so amorphous such that it can be shaped into many different conclusions, all of which will receive some level of
reinforcement or support irrespective of evidence, it suddenly becomes crystal clear to me how mental illness might emerge, or at least thrive and
become reinforced, in a communities like ATS and others.
Usually this is something benign. Take asteroid DA14 2012. There have been multiple recent close approaches. Every time, someone inevitably suggests
that there's a cover up and that it's going to hit. People challenge that assertion by pointing out that the world's amateur and professional
astronomical communities are too large, diverse, and independent for that to be possible. That anyone with even a ten inch telescope can see this
object. That the rationale for "avoiding panic" doesn't necessarily make sense, because they warn us about other impending disasters (tsunamis,
disease outbreaks, potentially significant solar flares, hurricanes, etc.) That if they had the power to suppress such a broad array of people all
over the world and hide the threat posed by this objects, they wouldn't be served by telling us about its existence in the first place. That their
projections for the paths of previous objects have always agreed with the eventual confirmed reality. Etc. Yet people still have either 1) a fear that
it will hit us anyway and is being covered up, or 2) a need to believe that it will for whatever reason.
Which is fine. Everyone's beliefs are their prerogative and I respect that personal right. But what about when the level of paranoia rises beyond
something benign like this, and approaches a feeling of personal peril? Peril great enough to lead one to act to defend oneself. Great enough to make
one see looming threats dangerous enough that they must physically act against other human beings to protect themselves from it. When there is no
evidence of such a threat, but the belief in it is powerful enough to provoke such acts, then there is a very serious problem.
My instinctive knee jerk response to such a suggestion is typically to defend our community and those like it against those insinuations. After all,
of course the evil, tyrannical "powers that be" want to paint us in that light, right? So naturally we oppose such aspersions. But that
doesn't mean there isn't an element of truth to such concerns, and I find that I can no longer deny that those strains of instability exist
and may propagate through conspiracy oriented and fringe oriented communities, try as I might.
We must be cautious not to go too far in the other direction once we've made that discovery, of course. We can't start seeing mental illness
everywhere we look, anymore than we should be paranoid enough to see conspiracy everywhere we look. But to deny that it exists at all is not
consistent with the increasingly apparent reality in my opinion.
Things like Sandy Hook and other recent issues have brought this to the forefront in a clear way that I haven't seen before. Or perhaps was blind to
before, as I humbly concede may be the case. No more, however.