I've been reading a lot of posts regarding the power battle between @haejin and @berniesanders - a lot of whales are involved in this case. On few occasions I catch myself thinking for this, so I decided to share my thoughts with you. Of course I am not taking any sides here, because I don't think supporting this Ego-driven war is constructive - analyzing it on the other hand might be.
One Month Ago
When I joined the community, I was very fascinated by the structure of the platform. I really couldn't realize how exactly you make money from posting, but in two weeks time everything got clearer and I had a plan and vision how I would like to grow my following. Of course I told all my friends about Steemit and also bought some, to accelerate my growth - the more SP, the more your vote worths.
Should I Post On
So everything is fine - posting on Steemit and making some cents on my posts, watching people like @haejin and @berniesanders killing it. Thinking to myself - "these guys are really something, I should follow them and learn from them". Few days pass and I see a flagging and downvoting war between the two groups. My exact thoughts were - "Is Steemit really uncensored" and " Is Steemit THE place for me to write content ?".
So I am following both @haejin and @berniesanders - I think their content is valuable and they really have interesting things to share. As a trader, I know chart analysis can be tricky, so @haejin is doing great job at sharing his knowledge and understanding of the Elliot Waves. For the short period on Steemit, I've seen @berniesanders address some important issues regarding the platform - in his own, unique way.
What is really bothering
It is bothering how many people are dragged into this. Users from all across Steemit are forced to defend themselves and act in a destructive and unproductive way. Instead of posting some valuable content, they are wondering if their next post will be downvoted or flagged by someone, so they get defensive and aggressive. Also how long this battle will continue? No one benefits from such behavour.I am absolutely certain that the newcomer will think twice, if he sees this kind of destructive behaviour in a "sharing" and "caring" community ( The words I used when describing the advantages of Steemit).
Make Peace Not War
Most of us are here for the long-run, we would like to help others on the platform and by doing so help ourselves. If thoughtfulness, caring, sharing and positivity are the cornerstones of our community - the community will think and grow rich ! I would like to ask @berniesanders and @haejin to reconsider their feud and iron out their differences, because noone need this kind of negativity and stress in their lifes.
Positive feelings are always stronger than negative feelings. Instead of thinking how to hurt someone, we should plant the seeds of happiness. I am perfectly aware that not everyone can be friends, but I am also absolutely aware that being negative and adopting destructive thinking eats you alive and makes you miserable.
Lastly, let's think of the community we are building. In wars, there are always collateral damages, in this case, these are your fellow Steemians - hurting them just to prove a point is not cool. We don't need this, we can use our energy in far more productive manner.
Let me know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. Thank you for reading
P.S. I hope this article does not offend someone, it is written with positive vibes only !