SKIP TO THE LAST PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THE WHOLE THING, BUT PLEASE READ AT LEAST THAT.I've decided not to quote anyone or call people out directly in this post because I don't want to contribute to any sort of flaming, but rather to talk intelligently about my opinions on several recent posts made my members of the EMC community. Please take the time to read this (I'll try to break it up into easyish pieces, so maybe you can go get a cup of water or a snack or something in between)."[The Empire]'s culture resides in the hearts and souls of its people." -GandhiI'm ashamed. The Empire is full of intelligent, thoughtful, kind people, and yet some of those who choose to create a name for themselves do so in a negative way. Anger has no place in the Empire. I recently skimmed part of a post (I gave up in disgust after a few sentences) condemning the Empire. The post was full of factual errors, guesses, ignorant assumptions, and more than its fair share of spelling errors.Now, we all know that the Empire isn't perfect. Griefing is a problem, as it always has been and likely always will be. There are trolls on the forums, as well as ignorant players both in-game and on the website. But we are something more. Justin and Jeremy have worked endlessly to create a Minecraft COMMUNITY. What began as a few friends playing a game has turned into, among other things, a welcoming and supportive community, a forum that acts as a springboard for thoughtful discussion (both about Minecraft and about anything in general), and a place for many, many people to socialize.I recently read another thread in which a well-known griefer attempted to apologize for what he'd done. I'm not in any way arguing that the griefer should be unbanned or anything similar, but the venom with which some players seemed to respond was beyond reason. Again, to be clear, I'm not asking anyone to forgive the griefer. But when a person takes the time to write a well-thought-out post apologizing and accepting responsibility, simply accept it or don't. In this particular thread, there were accusations that (among other things) the poster was simply trying to garner attention, positive or negative, from the community. To the accusers: stop and think. By posting aggressive comments in that thread, you helped create the controversy that gave the poster that attention, by constantly updating the thread. If you cannot believe that someone has changed, move on. Staying angry isn't healthy or helpful in any way.So, I suppose what I'm saying is twofold: First, be kind. Do not be so quick to render judgement and do not be too stuck in your beliefs to consider changing situations. And second, stop and think. Whether in Minecraft, online in another place, or in real life, stop and think. Is what you're doing worth it? Is what you're doing helpful, or are you just venting anger? And no, I'm not perfect. I do not claim to be in any way. I am guilty of these things just as much as anyone else. I just want to see the Empire continue to be a good place. The moderators are great people who devote their time to making the community a better place, but they cannot do it alone. Each of us must learn to take a step back and become better people, kinder people, more intelligent people, more thoughtful people, and to look upon ourselves with the same scrutiny with which we look on our enemies.