A couple weeks ago when many members posted their goodbye threads, I thought they were silly and seeking attention. I see now that their actions were warranted and that their intention was to open the eyes of their fellow EMCers.Many people left because of the increasing attention and greed to rupees. I was opposed to this accusation at first, claiming that there was nothing wrong with wanting to make money and take part in the economy, virtual or not. While I still believe that, the initial argument is valid and I have seen the foul things people will do out of their greed. It is explained well in this thread started by ignoramoose: http://empireminecraft.com/threads/a-call-to-return-to-the-roots-of-emc.10133/I quote myself: I opened the shop with Beaverbeliever to benefit the community first and ourselves second. I thought our intentions would become respected and that people would see we were there to help. We slaved away many hours a day to keep the store in stock at a fair price. No one seemed to realize how hard it was on us to make it possible for them to buy items at a fair price and actually be in stock. Instead, we were targeted as an enemy and people threatened to "put us out of business." I could go on to list the number of insults, threats, and betrayals that I get everyday. We never looked to make enemies. In fact, we donated to other shop-owners that had fair prices and needed a boost to start out. That being said, our shop will be closed for an undisclosed amount of time. I do hope that another shop will open to take our place, but in the process, they will see how difficult it really is and how ugly people can be.I am not sure if the greed is the only thing causing all of the disrespect, but I have seen more and more disrespect as I continued to play EMC. I have seen regular members, senior members, and moderators alike do very disrespectful things. I have witnessed one action after another and a most recent one has finally hit my last nerve. I sincerely question whether or not some people on this server understand any semblance of common courtesy or morality. And while I have pointed my fingers at others, I confess that I have made my share of bad choices as well. The actions of those surrounding me in EMC have had a negative effect on me and I am very tempted to cut those ties loose.I have not played on EMC for very long and many of you probably have no clue who I am. I only hope this will open your eyes to why some people are leaving. I have seen ICC tell people that "they'll be back" when new, awesome content is added to EMC. While that sounds amazing and ICC is pretty darn awesome, it is predominantly the community that I play for. I was attracted to this server by the many amazing people on EMC, but I have discovered that there are many rotten ones as well. Unfortunately, their actions are enough to turn me away from an otherwise amazing server and community. I am not necessarily saying my farewells, but unless I see a distinct change in the community, I will most likely become more and more inactive. I do not claim or even hope to find another server with a more active community. Many of you are wonderful, but those of you that are completely disrespectful and rude are ruining it. You know who you are.As ignoramoose and others before me, this is a call to the EMC community to return to its roots. If you have somehow managed to read this wall of text, I am not asking you to quit. In fact, I'm asking the opposite. Leaving would just be running away. This is a problem that you can fix. Instead, ask yourself if you've been guilty of causing any disrespect and go right your wrong to try and better this community. In an attempt to avoid any discussion of religion and just to pass on words of wisdom and kindness: just treat others as you would like to be treated.