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I actually really love this visualization of ethereum:

Both because it's memorizing, but also because there's something poignant about the metaphor of ethereum as a city.
It's a bustling place where lots of things are happening, with lots of corners to explore, most of which you don't yet know about! Just lots of people quietly (and sometimes loudly) using the platform and the benefits that it provides to do their own thing.
Additionally, each individual part is voluntary. If you do not like the yield farming virtual reality game, you do not have to play! You're perfectly free to even steer clear of the "dark forest" of complex financial contraptions entirely.
(To the extent that the ensuing drama from some applications is compulsory, maybe that's twitter's fault more than it is the blockchain's.....)
You can totally be an etherean and just use a bit of ETH, non-financial tokens and ENS. Or even be off in your own corner building an enterprise application. Or if you want to participate in the other things, you can too. Best of all is of course to contribute and build your own.
memorizing -> mesmerizing. Sorry!

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