Your follower is not always your fan!

We all like to be surrounded by people. We all like to be liked, loved, appreciated, valued, followed, and so on. Yet, despite all efforts, we tend to be followed by people who want to bring you down, knowingly or unknowingly so.

As my mind reached a blank and I started to look for inspiration, I came across a very interesting quote and picture, could not find the source of either one of them. My mind then took me for walk.

Are we in such points in our lives where we like to be followed and we turn a blind eye or we become unaware or oblivious to the fact that your follower is not always your fan?

I then also found out that there are 3 types (probably there is more) of followers, namely:
Fan: One who like/love you for what you are.
Competitor: One who want to be like you or better than you.
Enemy: One who want to harm/destroy you.

A follower is like a person who is always watching what you do. He (referring to both sexes) may like it or not. He can appreciate what you do or criticise you. On the other side a fan can be blind follower.

He loves you, likes you and only appreciates what you do. No matter what, his support is always there. They are like fanatics who adore you. Even if you do something wrong, they will like it and sometimes copy what you do.

A follower may sometimes unfollow you if he is not happy with you or your opinions. Same goes with your fans. They can stop supporting you once they believe what you stood for or were doing right, has changed. This is not the real essence of the quote, though.

The real meaning of the quote is that; either your follower is your competitor who wants to compete with you or your enemy, who wants to harm you, apart from the one who loves you.

Simply put, when someone is trying to destroy you or do any harm to you, they start following you. By doing this, they get to know your weaknesses as well as your strengths and people you love.

Cases in point are plenty and can think of the betrayal of Jesus Christ by Judas Iscariot, the murders of Julius Caesar by Brutus and King Duncan by Macbeth. It is always the ones closest to you and your heart, that brings more harm.

They will hunt you till they catch you, then bring you down. They will make sure that once you are down, they will finish you and make sure that you are “dead”, before they leave you. To them, you are like prey and they are the hunters.

Be careful of enemies within. Be loyal to those who are loyal to you. Respect everyone, even your enemies and competition. As it is rightly said; you should know your opponent in order to defeat him. Always be on your guard and know that: “Your follower is not always your fan”.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane
Editor: FS News Online