I believe you kind of misunderstood the point of my question. It is NOT that I don’t like systemd (in fact, I have several CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 boxes and I’m perfectly fine with that).
What I feel a little upset about is that the Debian project switched to systemd without involving the community in the decision. It was like, “We are going to do this whether you like it or not”, and that’s what I feel upset about.
With CentOS and RHEL is a different story since they got systemd from Fedora, not because they deliberately chose so. (Kind of what happens with Ubuntu - Mark Shuttleworth announced that they were dropping upstart in favor of systemd because Debian was doing the same thing).
That said, I appreciate you taking the time to reply to this post, which I believe will be a nice source of information for other users wondering the same thing.