This is an opinion editorial Phil Snyder, video director and editor and a contributor to Bitcoin Magazine.
The conventional wisdom among bitcoiners is that bitcoin will one day assume the throne of value asset domination around the world – whether as a juggernaut, by default due to universal legal failure, or in the middle of something yet to be determined. Is. Whatever it may be, what does this revolution mean for bitcoiners? Due to the popular generalizations that “Bitcoin fixes it,” and “Fix the money, heal the world,” many of us expect that there will be peace after the transition to the hyperbitcoinization wars and wealth will increase significantly.
The risk of putting too much stock in any hyper-multivariate approach is that it does not consider the innate corruption of man. The entire caste is born self-centred and it is only through spiritual upliftment that we can expect a change in the status quo. In other words, the world will really improve only when the hearts of the people in the world change. If you believe that great money turns people’s hearts for the better, good luck, then with that when you lose your life savings on the next shitcoin ragpool.
There is something mysteriously wonderful, powerful and unique going on with bitcoin. The movement has a dynamic spiritual side. Because of this flexible rules-based protocol, so much of the evil of the current world order has stopped in its tracks. One of the astonishing benefits of bitcoin is that anyone who wants to profit from it must obey the rules and the rules are based on natural law, as enshrined in Austrian economics, which seeks justice, compassion and justice in its highest sense. I am good. These are spiritual values and virtues.
As unbelievable as it may sound to a non-bitcoiner, the protocol actually invokes metaphysical properties! The way it has been accomplished is unforgivable in its complex multifaceted brilliance. Bitcoiners believe in the protocol because it is a truly righteous system and therefore, deeply influences our lives and seems to have a transformative effect on people – both externally and internally. If this spiritual side effect of bitcoin is real, as it is from God, then perhaps there is hope for the long-term future of Earthlings.
As a Christian trying to shun seductive idolatry with money infectiously, I am wary and concerned of those who “worship” the gift upon the giver. I view bitcoin as sacred, and agree with Jimmy Song and many others in the field that it is a gift from God to be wildly grateful for. As with anything considered sacred, it must be protected from impurity at all costs.
There are many examples of this, but the most famous and profound example of security is the “blocksize war”. The greedy and dishonest types of people sought to profit themselves by trying myopically to hard-fork the protocol. But the developers, moving forward as priests and patrons of the holy, persevered along the way and – thank God – were victorious. While some of these were notable OGs, it should be clear by now that they neither understand bitcoin, nor deserve to own it; They should not be trusted. Here we are, fleeing “trusted third-parties,” and some of those we used to think of as brothers have deceived us.
It is precisely this incredible feature of bitcoin that protects us because we hold it sacred and protect it. Hopefully, those attacking bitcoin will one day improve, at least for a reasonable quality of time priority. Many people are finding that bitcoin requires discipline to be successful. The practical and profitable practices of deferred gratification that come with HODLing and the discipline of low time preference are surprisingly transformative, especially as the mind has been opened to a whole host of living hells with hitherto unexplored, intelligent choices. Sadly, the spirits behind the living hell often speak our language but are not actually with us.
It’s like the Nazis in “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” thinking they could open and conduct a sacred ritual with the Ark of the Covenant, and see what happened to them! Plus, it’s like Grill Night “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” which challenges Jones to “choose wisely.” The common sense behind the scenes is that the original script called for Knights to fight Jones over the grave, but it was rewritten to stage a challenge to wit, wisdom, and virtue. Seems like an appropriate metaphor.
Yes, hyperbitcoinization is the result we want in this revolution, but there is a rare successful revolution whose new regime is kinder, gentler and in its turn more just. If bitcoin becomes a new world economic elite, what will stop us from being dishonest like crooks? Short answer: God knows. The long answer is that we must be intentional about serving the humanity involved in bitcoin. We can already see examples of this in society. Without naming names, many are leaving the comfort of home and money to travel to developing countries to educate and empower through bitcoin, contributing to the development of local infrastructure. This is the act of love: the ultimate virtue. It is the fruit of the spirit and is the most important of all the results of bitcoin and the efforts of bitcoiners.
“There is no greater love than this: to lay down your life for your friends.” — John 15:13
This is a guest post by Phil Snyder. The opinions expressed are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.