It’s not how much influence you have that matters, it’s what you do with it that counts in the long run.
When you reach a certain place on social media (number of followers, etc.), you become identified as an influencer. But what good is amassing followers (other than financial and ego boosting), if you don’t use your influence for something positive? Yes, positive actions are subjective, ok. But when talking about social responsibility, it’s a little bit different. People who have become instagram and social media famous are looked up to for their influence; literally for their opinions, suggestions, tips, tricks, and more. In the Yoga community, I’d like to think we try to follow yogic principles. Otherwise, people would be profiting off yogis by faking an online yogic personality (which i know is happening, but i hope isn’t the majority of people). If we then are to enter this community as influencers, with all that entails (ie people looking to us for our influence), shouldn’t we then view the community that elevated us to where we are as one we owe the respect of giving back to in any way we can? And If so, why aren’t more of us using our reach and large followings to make a positive impact on our fellow human beings?
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