Way of the Sovryn: A Journey of Personal Responsibility and Communal Virtue
I am compelled to address an all-too-common misconception about individualism. Many assume that it entails solitary autonomy - a rejection of community and empathy. However, this could not be further from the truth. Our best chance of achieving individual freedom and empowerment lies in being part of a community that aids us in reaching that goal. Of being part of a community that shares our values so that together we may construct a slice of the world that reflects our values.
Everyone yearns to be Sovryn, but not everyone is willing to put forth the effort required to attain such a state. Being Sovryn, first and foremost, entails personal responsibility. It demands that we take charge of our actions and emotions. The first tyranny one must overcome is the tyranny of one’s own emotional reaction. Only those capable of rational thought and self-reflection can hope to be Sovryn.
There are individuals whose initial enthusiasm for Sovryn stems from a misguided belief that, in a community centered around personal freedom and empowerment, they can act without restraint. They are wrong. To be Sovryn is to bear the duty of self-restraint.
Being Sovryn does not mean you can do whatever you please.That is a child’s fantasy of adulthood. Being Sovryn means that you are the only authority over your own behaviour. That offers freedom but also responsibility.
Sometimes the childish understanding of sovereignty appeals to people for the wrong reasons. They think Sovryn it is an invitation to do whatever they please. We have witnessed many individuals who have joined the project with immense motivation, only to see them eventually burn out, when their childish fantasy did not materialise.
In the interest of tact and decorum, we shall not dwell on those who have left our ranks. Instead, let us focus on the lessons learned over the past two years. We have discovered that smaller teams of skilled, professionally mature individuals outperform larger teams with weak links. We have afforded people ample time to find their footing and prove themselves, but we continue to refine our methods to reduce that time and identify what works faster. I have immense confidence in our current team, which has recently demonstrated some of our finest communication and educational efforts to date.
It should also be noted that decentralization does not mean “without leaders”. Instead it means that leadership is based on reputation and merit. It is the result of persuasion rather than authority. Our community thrives on the virtuous conduct of its members. In the face of criticism and baseless accusations, we maintain our composure and dignity. We do not engage in petty disputes or seek to tarnish the honor of others. Instead, we cultivate a culture of honor within Sovryn.
It is high time we revive the virtues of being gentlemanly to each other. In a world plagued by toxic tweets and celebrity feuds, we have witnessed the infantilization of society. As Sovryn individuals, we must rediscover the values of self-respect, self-decorum, and honorable behavior—these are the markers of emotional maturity required for those who aspire to be capable of self-governance.
I must emphasize that becoming Sovryn is no easy feat. It demands self-control, maturity, skill, and confidence. Building such confidence and self-respect requires fortitude and resilience - the exact opposite of a fragile ego. If one cannot be self-critical, one is blind to the truth of themselves. And if one is blind to the truth of themselves, one is blind to reality. We must therefore work to be able to self-reflect and be capable of accepting criticism ourselves before finding it in others.
When we falter and fail to live up to these virtues, as we all inevitably will, it is not the end of our journey. Instead, it presents an opportunity to learn and grow.
To those who have lost self-control, we do not reject you. If you can demonstrate humility, show that you have learned from your missteps, and seek forgiveness from the community you have harmed, we will welcome you back. We will support you and celebrate your growth and your resilience.
Let us, together, foster a culture that supports our shared aspirations while holding ourselves and each other to the highest standards of conduct. By doing so, we can build a world where freedom, empowerment, and self-sovereignty are not only possible but also within our grasp.
Together, let us stride confidently toward our Sovryn future, overcoming challenges together, and inspiring one another to achieve our fullest potential.
With utmost sincerity and dedication, Stay Sovryn,