reply to post by December21st2012
I am so happy to see this post. If I could star and flag it a million times i would.
Now, why do i say this?
Because I think it strikes very near to the truth.
First , though, I'd like to say that I don't think that believing in conspiracy theories means you have a mental illness.
I DO think MANY people that believe in conspiracy theories have SOME form of mental illness.
One need not have a doctorate in psychology to see it.
Even a casual perusal of ATS (or the internet as a whole) shows this to be true.
About now I'm sure that there are many individuals furiously typing away replies to this post. Most are likely to be angry, scoffing, or in some way
trying to counter the OP's statement and, more than likely "calling him out" for saying what he did.
What you'll find, also, are replies that will only serve to bolster the idea.
I like to think of myself as a reasonable, thoughtful, and rational person - I believe in truth and fact and try to be as open as possible to new
ideas and thoughts.
What i am NOT is a person who blindly believes all that I hear, see, or read.
I take issue with those who make definitive statements about things that are not at all definitive.
(This is why the History show "Ancient Aliens" makes me simultaneously sick and laugh.)
Whether it be about Aliens, Demons, Angels, secret societies, et al. Too often you see people saying things as if they are concrete facts.
i LOVE a good conspiracy theory and I love reading about the strange and weird. It's something I've enjoyed since childhood. Though, unlike in
childhood, as an adult i am able to comprehend and analyze what I read.
I'm willing to listen to any story, as long as it isn't the obvious writings of a mental patient.(though that can be fun at times.).
What scares me is that, generally, it seems people are profoundly stupid.
When I say "Stupid" I mean gullible and superstitious. I'm not sure if that is a holdover from over from our cave dwelling days, or just a basic
flaw in our make up, but I look around at this world and it's people and I am shocked, saddened, and frightened by the levels of "stupidity" around
One of the "Scariest" places, in this vein, is ATS itself.
I enjoy ATS because I get a different perspective on issues and it allows me an avenue to explore these perspectives and to learn new things (though
most of that learning comes from reading a post and then doing my OWN legwork regarding the facts and sources. I NEVER take what is written on ATS as
truth. It's simply a launching point from which I can discover new ideas or learn about things I hadn't before.
My greatest wish for this site would be that the people using it were more discriminating in their posting and replies.
It literally scares me to see people believing, whole-heartedly, in things that are absolutely untrue, misunderstood, or just flat-out made up.
That's hearkening back to the "definitive statement" issue.
I do think there are a lot of very intelligent, rational, mentally fit people on ATS - Its just that they are outnumbered 100 to 1.
I am ALMOST embarrassed to come on ATS at times, or to talk about some of these "Conspiracy theories" with people not fully enmeshed in the world of
"Conspiracy theories" (I am using "Conspiracy theories" as a blanket definition for ALL that ATS and shows like Coast to Coast AM cover, not that
they are ALL conspiracies, but for the sake of brevity.)
Like any community of like-minded people, there ends up being a disproportionate amount of "communal reinforcement" on ATS (and other sites) which
creates an atmosphere of a "False foundation" of "Truth" i.e. Aliens do exist and they look like "grays", 9/11 WAS a false-flag, Angels and
Demons DO exist, the Illuminati exist as does the NWO, and so on. (not that these are the accepted truths or a comprehensive listing, but rather a
suggestion of the sorts of "truths" that are taken as "given" in this world.)
We, as a species, are susceptible to wide-spread belief in superstitious nonsense and have inherent flaws which allow us to "search for meaning" in
the meaningless (Religion being the biggest, though not limited to it).
We want order. The random nature of our world and universe is hard to comprehend. It's much easier to think events are under control of human
intelligence. We can understand THAT. The random then becomes controllable.
It's the reason we created divinity to begin with - Why does it rain? Why was this years harvest bad when last years was good? What is that big,
bright ball in the sky? Where did we come from?
We seek answers to unanswerable questions. But, instead of understanding fact or incomprehensible ideas, we'd rather say "It's GOD!". Does "God
did it" really explain the Earth and Man? It's an EASY answer, but not correct.
It's the one we can wrap our heads around. (to be continued)