Azuki’s farce, decentralized doubts and mfers’ answers
Azuki's deception, uncertain decentralization, and vulgar responses.
Why do we, who always emphasize decentralization, trust such a centralized NFT project like Azuki so much? Why do we, who hate centralization so much, still tolerate such a centralized Azuki project?
1. A farce
Recently, Azuki, the only NFT project that is still standing in the bear market, launched a new project called Azuki Elementals. Based on the consensus of trust in the project party in the past, the community snapped up 10K NFTs at a price of 2 ETH each in a short period of time. The project party has made a lot of money, but it has left users with a lot of curses and the community in chaos.
From Vegas’ high-profile promotion to the huge gap in delivery, highly repetitive, shoddy delivery quality and technically low-level errors have directly caused Azuki, which was once high above, to fall off its pedestal and pronounce itself a “failure.”
At this point, all the blue-chip projects on the NFT market that were once popular, including A (Azuki), B (BAYC), C (CloneX), and D (Doodles), have collapsed, inevitably causing people to lose faith in NFTs, and even leaving some with a helpless and bitter statement: “I had fun during this great failure.”
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2. A question
After experiencing the Azuki farce, a question has been bothering me: why do we, who always emphasize decentralization, trust such a centralized NFT project like Azuki so much? Why do we, who hate centralization so much, still tolerate a centralized Azuki project like “Jason said”?
Although some people say that making money is the real thing, this is definitely not the answer I am looking for in writing this article. Is the so-called decentralization like exploring this DAO and that DAO before, where DAOs ultimately only have one person left, is that the principle?
3. A piece of news
I started trying to find the answer and fell into 45 minutes of contemplation. Until a news from Coindesk came into my sight – Lowe’s, a top 500 home improvement giant, released a physical garden flag featuring mfers characters this week. This means a completely decentralized mfers NFT project has officially entered the top 500, and is CC0 Summer coming soon?
mfers is an NFT project with its own meme. Founder Sartoshi declared these works into the public domain through CC0 at the beginning of the project. After handing over the smart contract of the project to the community, he played “disappearance” until he was abandoned and criticized as a “jerk” by the community. In such a completely decentralized and open community of mfers without a roadmap, anyone can use these NFT characters to create any form of item, just as Sartoshi said at the beginning: “Sow the seeds and let them grow wild.”
Leaving aside how interesting but boring products like mfers garden flags have won praise from all walks of life, the vibe of mfers community in the current bear market environment is something that any project cannot reach and anyone cannot erase.
It can be said that the seeds have been planted and mfers is growing strong. Just like a garden flag user wrote: “Our garden is missing something, we feel empty inside, until we find the garden flag of mfers 2023 CC0 Summer.” What it found may be the seed of mfers.
4. A tweet
At the same time, I also observed that Bankless guru DavidHoffman.eth (@TrustlessState) recently stated that he is gathering an mfers army, and it is not known what he specifically wants to do, perhaps he wants to learn how Azuki project team works?
Or maybe everyone can have a peaceful life by typing “gmfers” together in the tg group every morning.
Five, some opposition
The huge contrast between Azuki and the mfers community makes me feel scared. Imagine that the centralized FTX can evaporate the $32 billion cryptocurrency empire in 10 days, and the centralized project Azuki can also overdraw the top Web3 IP overnight. As it says in “The Mfer Brief History: There Is a Little Mfer in All of Us”: “Greatness is ephemeral, mediocrity is eternal.”
In fact, there is no need to argue over greatness. As Sartoshi said, “We have no kings, no rulers, and no clear roadmaps here.” This beautiful decentralized concept not only helps community members get rid of the dual identity of “failure” and “prisoner”, but also provides a wild soil for the thriving growth of the mfers community.
“We are all little mfer”, this straightforward, sincere and free self-ridicule slogan of the mfers is enough to reflect those grand principles such as decentralization, post-ethnic identity, post-modernism proletarian, etc., and also enough to answer my previous question about decentralization. There is no lifelong greatness, only a lifetime of mediocrity.
Six, some conclusions
I raised a serious and ironic question by watching a farce, and then reflected on some oppositions between greatness and mediocrity from a news and a tweet. Until I got hungry, I realized that I had been holding the classic mfers posture with my hands stretched out in front of me and a smile on my face all afternoon. So it’s time to summarize.
Although some people say: “I have been happy in this great failure,” but I just want to say: “Fortunately, I don’t have the money to buy Azuki.”
Accepting one’s mediocrity and mfer-ness, and being a real, happy mfers is good. Mfers do what I want, unrestrained.
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