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Thank you!
This is by far the most difficult piece I've found in getting people to give things a try. This has been high on my to-do list for a little while, glad to have it done. :)

...and for someone who is also new to it, explaining it so it doesn't sound like a scheme is hard, so now we can all sound more intelligent and I personally feel less ignorant to how it works.

Do you feel that decentralized systems are sustainable over long periods of time?

While I'm definitely no expert, I do feel that way. Both because of resiliency and transparency.

This video by @piedpiper is one of my favorites on the topic: https://steemit.com/steemit/@piedpiper/what-are-blockchains-and-cryptocurrencies-and-why-do-we-care

I second this!