We have been called “Toxic Bitcoin Maximalists” as an attempt to insult. We don’t flinch, we wear it as a badge of honor. We make no apologies for our matter of fact, our confidence or our war meme. You can find us on Twitter, responding to weak arguments against bitcoin (they’re all weak) with “Have Fun Staying Poor” rather than trying to persuade the unserviceable opponent or lazy critic. Michael Saylor aptly refers to bitcoiners as “Cyber Hornets,” not only because horns have spikes, but probably because horns serve a greater purpose that sustains the broader ecosystem.
The thing is, Bitcoiners are right. Which necessarily means that all other economic philosophies are wrong. The end. It’s not gold. Fiat is basically toilet paper. Altcoins? Lol.
No, Bitcoin is the answer.
Our conviction that Bitcoin is inevitable is a naturally emerging phenomenon that exists as a feature to kill the bugs. This is not to suggest that the absence of our funny memes would weaken the network. But, just like cornets that prevent the harmful spread of tribal insect populations, our proactive aggression literally protects humanity’s future by protecting our one shot at the promise of liberation from oppression. Simply put, passive or defensive posture will not.
By protecting the network in its early stages, we are continually paving the way for the rise of bitcoin and its inevitable dominance as the global currency. This service to the world community is greatly under appreciated and misunderstood. That’s okay! Our watch is our evangelism. In a world of subjective truth, our conviction is our marketing. In a culture filled with despair, our genuine optimism gives unexpected hunger to those who hunger for authenticity.
The world we live in has become a cesspool of lies and violence. Very few good traces are present under the sun. All organizations have become corrupt. Orwell’s vision is upon us and few seem worried. It’s clear that society is being reset by powerful forces, and as we experienced in 2020, things are getting weird. Bitcoiners agree that resetting is required, though we insist and will override the replacement of a named replacement in satoshis. Restatement, if you like.
Bitcoin itself is the answer to virtually every macro problem that humanity faces. This fact is increasingly apparent to any person who bothers to watch a quality 10 minute YouTube video with an open mind. That is, if YouTube has not already banned that video, which is the corrupt organization it has become.
We live in times devastated by an ongoing existential crisis that requires focused surveillance for us to overcome. Bitcoiners are among the kindest, most trusted and generous people on earth. One of our most popular memes is encouragement to remain humble. We have a deep desire to see our fellow man and huwoman thrive. We use humor to make our points, while insisting on the seriousness and urgency of our present moment in history. We do not need gratitude, but we are aware of the importance of being early adopters and our ability to see where things are headed if we do not correct a course with urgency.
When I was a teenager, I played a lot of video games and was a bit lazy. Okay, I was hella lazy. I will never forget the day my father confronted me and said, “George, you need to stop wasting your life and start taking your future seriously or you will lose.”
It was in Arabic (which, as you can imagine, made it more intense) so this is a free translation. He was clearly sticking with me and a turning point in my life. I didn’t like to hear that, but that’s exactly what I needed to hear. Not too long ago, I began to recognize similar patterns in my own teenage son and, naturally, I dropped the same incessant wisdom, but in English. The next day, he told me: “Father, you are right and you thought big. Thank you. ”
Now, he’s watching the Ministry of Nodes tutorials and asking detailed questions about Clark Moody’s dashboard. Yes, I’m crying.
I love my son far more than strangers on Twitter. But in many ways, the wisdom that Bitcoiners seek to share on anyone we encounter is not too different from these stories. Simply put, it’s time to look around and stop complying. It’s time to take our lives and our future seriously. If you are not convinced, there is not much left to say besides: Have fun staying poor.
This is a guest post by George Mekhail. The views expressed are entirely of their own opinion and do not necessarily reflect the views of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.