The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
Pretty decent rant, in my humble opinion. A bit extreme on some points, perhaps, but I understand that in a rant there's often a need to
slightly exaggerate and hopefully people will see that you are not being totally literal.
There's nothing wrong with being a sceptic. We need
sceptics. We need people who will look at an issue and say, "Hey, wait a minute, people
are adding 2 and 2 and getting 5." Or 27. Or whatever. We need people who are willing to be different and even present concepts that perhaps no-one
has fully considered.
No-one has to like what you or anyone says. If others don't like your opinions, okay. They have to think of reasonable ways to refute them or maybe
even have a total rethink.
What we really need and what is ideal, is that every person will be respected and their ideas and opinions considered rationally.
It's a great ideal but sometimes it just doesn't work out because emotions come into play and in some cases reason just flies out the window.
Some of the arguments I have seen on this site, presented by people who either vehemently believe (in) something are just as vehemently don't, are
simply beyond absurd and if used as sub-plots in a movie they would fail miserably to impress even those who have suspended disbelief.
I'm not saying that all people who firmly believe in something (or don't) always present absurd arguments. Nope, not saying that at all. What I'm
saying is that generally, the absurd arguments that have more holes in them than a kitchen colander are often presented on the basis of belief, not on
the basis of fact, logic or even common sense.
If you get called a shill, then the person who calls you that has just washed out in the reasonable argument department. In fact, if you get called
such things in the 9/11 forum, where the emotions seem to run very high at times, the person who does the name-calling may well find themselves unable
to post within a very short time. The warning is there, in the forum, but some choose to ignore it or think it doesn't apply to them.
It does. It most certainly does.
But why have a standard to aspire to? Why is it that here, members should expect other members to treat them with respect?
Because it's the right thing to do and the intelligent thing to do. This is a discussion forum, not kindergarten where teddy bears can be thrown in a
fit of childish petulance.
You know that. Most of our members know it. Some apparently don't.
I say you should go right on challenging, questioning and agreeing or disagreeing as you see fit, and so should anyone else who wishes to. As long as
you stay within the T&Cs, speak your mind.
If others can't be civil and act like adults then that's their problem, not yours.
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.