I have decided to step down as moderator. It was not an easy decision.
I thought that you guys deserved at least a proper "goodbye/thank you" note and that you probably would ask or care for an explanation.
During all this time as a mod, my philosophy as a moderator has been "people over rules". Rules are in place to help people create value for other people.
When rules help our users to help other people to become better, rules are useful. But rules need to be transcended, as we follow the rules. We need to understand the goal behind the rule, the ultimate goal, not to follow rules blindly.
I always thought that moderators help the community to achieve balance between Order (following the rules; the contract to hold ourselves to certain values) and Chaos (the potential for change and improvement; seeing beyond the rule).
I don't think I can follow my "people over rules" principle when moderating anymore, so it's time for me to step down as moderator.
To my fellow moderator Fedorqui: Thank you. When I accepted becoming a moderator I never thought you would take me on such amazing journey. I think that working with you made me a better person, so, for that and so many other shared moments, thank you.
To my fellow moderator Charlie: I'm sorry we couldn't work together longer. I know I'll deeply regret it, but I also have to say that I already learned a lot from you and got inspired by your approach to contributing here. Let's be honest. If we had a Platinum badge here, it will be called The Charlie (awarded once, on community's discretion, to express gratitude for a legendary career of exemplary contributions).
To the community: Thank you so much. I could be tempted to address users by name but, with so many remarkable people, you always risk missing somebody, and making the post way too long.
Thank you all, because the second best part of moderating this community was that there was little to do as a moderator. Most users here are model citizens. That speaks highly of the kindness of your hearts.
Thank you, because the best part of the job was to be constantly motivated to find something to contribute, and make it great. I got inspired by you guys. Each one of you gave the best of themselves on each contribution. I know you did. I can tell.
And without further ado, let's say "hasta la vista" to those moderator privileges with the words of a man I admire deeply. A man that got into a lot of trouble for making a stand against compelled speech.
"Life is suffering.
Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated.
Truth is the handmaiden of love.
Dialogue is the pathway to truth.
Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn.
To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small.
So speech must be untrammeled, so that dialogue can take place,
so that we can all humbly learn,
so that truth can serve love,
so that suffering can be ameliorated,
so that we can all stumble forward to the Kingdom of God."
Jordan Peterson, Banned lecture at Linfield College: Ethics and Free Speech