The growing divide

There’s a growing divide between people who have bitcoin and people who don’t have bitcoin.

Whatever the reason for getting into bitcoin—speculation, a hedge, because it’s cool technology—those that have it increasingly find themselves on a divergent continent, sliding further and further away from those on the other side.

There’s a vast wealth transfer taking place. The wealth is transferring from the status-quo wealthy to those who have bitcoin. All that matters is if your brain is capable of carrying you to the place where you begin owning bitcoin. Previous qualities that lead to wealth are fading away and becoming less and less important in comparison. It matters less and less whether you were born into a good country, whether your parents were wealthy, whether you work hard or are smarter than your peers (unless being smarter leads you to buy bitcoin).

Those who own bitcoin tend to start seeing the world in a different way. Instead of relying on institutions and authorities, we realize that we don’t have to — we can help ourselves instead. Those who don’t own bitcoin, and don’t get it, start to sound like a cacophony that is gradually fading into irrelevance.

Thankfully this divide doesn’t impact those at the bottom of the economic ladder, other than to provide them an opportunity to grab a rung by buying a little bit of bitcoin. Those who don’t have assets don’t have anything to lose, or have transferred away from them. However, on the other side of the transition, workers will probably do a lot better.

Bitcoin, vegetarianism, and world peace

On Wednesday, Jack Dorsey suggested that bitcoin might be connected or lead to bringing about world peace:

We have all these monopolies off balance and the individual doesn’t have power and the amount of cost and distraction that comes from our monetary system today is real and it takes away attention from the bigger problems.

All these distractions that we have to deal with on a daily basis take away from those bigger goals that effect every single person on this planet and increasingly so. You fix that foundational level and everything above it improves in such a dramatic way. It’s going to be long-term but my hope is definitely peace.

Jack Dorsey during the B word conference

The following is a thought experiment about how bitcoin might bring about world peace.

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Sticky Notions

It’s a really pretty hotel, in a pretty spot by the river.

As we check in, the woman behind the glass, who is wearing a mask despite the fact that we are all vaccinated and have discussed as much, is making excuses.

“I don’t think you have this in New York, but in California there’s a labor shortage. It’s really hard to find people to work. We’re really just stretching to get by.”

She continues to explain that we might not be able to have dinner at the restaurant, because the kitchen is so understaffed that it’s a miracle they are able to feed anyone.

Ripening

Just the other day I was caught with no calorie-dense, ripe fruit. I had to scour the town until I managed to find a bunch of ripe, organic bananas. And today, it seems all my bananas are ripe at once! It’s going to take some practice to have enough, but not too much, ripe fruit every day.

Calories

Eating large volumes of food is a new habit, and it continues to challenge me to get enough calories, particularly when I’m highly active.

Focus

While physically I feel better than I have in years, mentally I’m struggling to be as focused as before. Perhaps that’s because I have so much more energy and I haven’t figured out how to direct/channel it yet. Or it could be all the sugar.. or it could have to do with not getting enough sleep.

Balance

Right now, I get rocketship energy and so I go flying around the neighborhood at 1000 miles an hour, and then come crashing down. I want to learn to balance this energy so that I have smooth, vibrant energy almost all the time.

Anxieties

With a new diet come a new set of worries — will my teeth rot out of my head or will something else horrible happen to me? Oh well, I guess there’s always something to worry about.

Cravings!

Every fatty or salty food I see looks so delicious! My mouth waters! Perhaps this will abate, at least the fatty one, once I add more overt fats back in. Withdrawal, or natural survival instinct? Who knows?

fun story

A friend of mine wrote this little gem:

We make contact with an alien civilization. Our sensors detect they’ll arrive at earth in just a few hours time, but they send us an advance message. Our scientists receive it but nobody understands, it’s an audio recording in some kind of strange language. Sure enough, a lone translator finally decodes it with minutes to spare and delivers the message to the President.

“Thousands of years ago our ancestors crash-landed on your planet. They managed to send off a distress signal before they lost all power and once we heard we set a course for your planet at maximum speed, although we predict nearly 10,000 of your solar cycles have gone by since the distress signal was sent. Anyway, we’ve scanned your planet for traces of our ancestors but find only faint signal, as if they’ve been stamped out. What happened to them? We require answers.”

The President and his cabinet scratch their heads for a bit, confused. Finally the President turns to the translator and asks: “How did you decode this message so fast?”

“Oh, it was simple”, says the translator. “Turns out they speak Cherokee.”