socrates2 wrote:If you can point out where I questioned your integrity, I'll throw in an edit- not change what I wrote, but direct folks to this thread, explain that I was wrong.
I do not recall the question? I was probably not at all clear in what I wrote so I apologize. I have no questions to resolve about my integrity. I thought it was pretty funny that you thought I was an 'astroturfer' for the mayan calendar. That really cracks me up now that I think about it, because the reason I started posting on the forum in the first place was to post the Evolution of Consciousness thread. In fact, I have never posted to any other forums except a psyorg and a law question and answer type thing.
The anonymity is what I find to be like a big black hole into nothingness. If one is not careful to stay just close enough to this side of the reality envelope it can be disorienting, because you don't really know who is interacting with you. As you saw at B4N it could be a whole bunch of the same people and most people have no idea how many personallities can all be maintained by one or a few people. I did not want to use a screen name because that would accomplish nothing in the way of truth shining light anywhere but right back into my eyes.
I finally realized the only real reason privacy is such a big deal anywhere, not just on the internet but our society the USA, is because we are taught to regard the "right to privacy" as one of the sacred treasures of our "life. liberty and pledge of lifetime allegiance" citizen status. Who is it that really needs privacy and the rights appurtaning thereto to be absolute and inviolate? Only those with something to hide.
We don't have anything to hide, yet everyone is afraid of using their real names. Identity theft? Totally a media-maintained psychological scare tactic to keep tappping that fear of theiving identites outbreak over and over again, plus to keep reassuring the people by reporting the theft of identities that the right to privacy is always under attack and must be guarded even move vigilantly than the identity the theives want to steal.
They get us to protect the rights that actually benefit them the most. Credit card theft? $50 max liability and the card companies typically do not charge it. There are the horror stories about having identity stolen and for those it happens to I know it is hell. But there a much better chance that persons identity was tucked into the waiter or busboy or the guy taking the trash out of the restaurants. Hackers are not out there going from house to house over the internet stealing peoples private information. If they were, either the $50 deductible would be higher or we would not be using credit cards on the internet. It costs the companies far more than it costs any individual, so if they are willing to expense it this way then it cannot be that bad.
We are made to think identity matters to us, but theft of identity is about as likely to happen to most people as getting hit by a bus. To no one who really has nothing to hide. And that is not to suggest I am the Orwellian introverted goodygoodytwoshoes that says "chip me and blip me day and night" while telling everyone there is "nothing to fear if they have nothing to hide" 1984'ish type mindwarped sensibility. Meanwhile, we are not being our self online in dealing with people because we are always behind a mask, a projected self, an "other" that cannot by the true self unless it is by the true name self-expressed. Otherwise, the mask affects how we express our self, for better or worse, but ultimately not as real as real is in real life interactions? They have repercussions and consequences and judgements and blame and all the other psycotherapeutical type indigestion I will save for a time other than now.
I believe in A Right to Privacy for all people everywhere. In this I am differentiating between 1) who "fights for the rights; and 2) who actually benefits from the 'good fight long fought well.'
As well rest assured, awareness of concerns I have I expect to express directly to the person(s) involved; of what I am yet to be self-aware are those shadows we are here yet to explore. As it may appear to be otherwise that my awareness seems to be compromised, like awake in the light when the day is too dark, a madness to the methods of mind in time to the flow of intuitive know not until then is the need now and the when is need then.
Be well to take care, Drew.