Bitcoin Is For Everyone
THE BITCOIN ESSAYS
Originally Published January 2023
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A friendly admonishment – never mistake size and proportion for quality and complexity. The exhortation came first to me, standing meekly beneath a canopy of blazing celestial embers. We study the stars, but they do not study us. We may be made of stardust, but a star is no Imago Dei.
Humanity is originally and uniquely imbued with the Divine. To cut a cross-section is to commit error and one should be wary in speaking of her as one.
Yet grant me this one submission – energy – and the conservation thereof. Perhaps here we have some solid ground for speaking in a universal sense without depreciation. Think for a moment of every ball you’ve thrown in the air, every glass of milk you spilled – every action. Through the myriad complexities of all human action, what remains as a universal constant?
The laws of physics. The laws of thermodynamics. Conservation of energy. These insights were not always conceptualized in the human mind, yet they are in fact real, and universal. And the point I’d like to make in all this is that, the universality of these laws in no way diminishes the distinctiveness of the events and creatures that inhabit their framework. To employ a metaphor – the theater and the stage are not the play.
So here we are then. ‘Bitcoin Is For Everyone’. A universal statement. It sounds careless, thoughtless, even cavalier. Yet the longer I hold this weightless, weighty, digital trinket, the more I believe it. The longer I hold it, the less it feels like a trinket, and more like a trumpet.
At its core, first principles if you like, Bitcoin is information. More specifically, information defining and deploying a rule set. All actors desiring to participate in the rule set must abide by the rule set. In this sense it is universal.
So what do I mean, ‘Bitcoin Is For Everyone’? I mean just that. Bitcoin is information deploying a universal rule set for all actors. Back to the metaphor of the theater and the play; Bitcoin creates a universal theater in which human action may freely take place.
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