Bitcoiners have a novel skill to instantly hit it off with different Bitcoiners. This will not sound extraordinary on the floor, however this highly effective interpersonal high quality of immediate connection is a vastly underrated characteristic of the Bitcoin community. Particularly in an more and more polarized and socially-distanced world.
Outdoors of Bitcoin, the one factor people appear to agree on currently is that we’re deeply divided. The observe of constructing untimely assumptions of one another is at an all-time excessive. Whether or not we’re speaking about politics, economics, faith or coronavirus — we now have largely grow to be entrenched in predictable tribal speaking factors. It is not uncommon to categorically dismiss individuals based mostly on superficial qualities like their look, their tweets and whether or not or not they’re carrying a masks.
However whenever you begin with Bitcoin, you’ll be able to lower by means of all of that noise. While you meet one other Bitcoiner, the variations that exist between you’re non-threatening. For the primary time shortly, a opposite opinion is definitely fascinating and worthy of engagement. When Bitcoin is the widespread floor, there are only a few irreconcilable variations as a result of there’s a shared basis of reality.
That actually doesn’t imply there aren’t any disagreements or variations amongst Bitcoiners, it simply signifies that we’re much less more likely to cancel or dismiss one other Bitcoiner for not sharing our political convictions, our chosen faith or our nation of origin. Our shared mission is to construct a greater world by means of an trustworthy financial system that permits true freedom and aspires to facilitate sustainable peace. Few loyalties amongst people run as deep because the shared conviction of Bitcoiners.
I expertise this phenomenon each Thursday when my native bitcoin meetup will get collectively. Each time I chat with a brand new one that reveals as much as The Orange County Bitcoin Network’s weekly gathering, my religion in humanity will increase. It’s not simply that we discover fast connection, it’s that we will safely enterprise into nearly any subject with out having to fret about how our opinion can be perceived. Even after we encounter passionate disagreement, and even when that disagreement is uncomfortable, we will at all times fall again on our deep conviction that Bitcoin fixes even this. Our meetup has been getting collectively persistently for a few 12 months and a few of these preliminary conversations have developed into actual friendships amongst individuals who would seemingly by no means have made it previous preliminary pleasantries in another context. These examples have demonstrated how bitcoin serves as widespread floor in informal bitcoin-focused environments, which I imagine have gotten a powerful foundation for constructing wholesome, thriving communities.
Extra just lately, I’ve skilled how highly effective Bitcoin might be as a foundational place to begin for bringing individuals collectively to realize a standard aim. Over the previous six months, I’ve been working with seven different Bitcoiners to co-author a guide that we simply launched. The ultimate product, “Thank God For Bitcoin: The Creation, Corruption and Redemption of Money,” is an plain testomony to the collaborative benefit that Bitcoiners have by advantage of our shared conviction.
Bridging The Widest Gaps
I first met Jimmy Song in 2019 by means of a convention I helped manage in L.A. known as Bitcoin is_. We struck up a friendship in between emails about logistics and we continued to remain in contact lengthy after the occasion got here and went. We exchanged a number of notes about how our faith-based backgrounds knowledgeable our perspective on Bitcoin and questioned if there have been others like us who noticed the various parallels between the 2 worlds.
Nevertheless it wasn’t at all times snug. Theologically, you might say we have been on reverse ends of the spectrum. At one level I bear in mind considering I must separate my respect for Jimmy as a Bitcoiner with my deep variations with him about Christianity, the Bible and God. Like a lot of the world, I had shaped my opinions about “individuals like him” based mostly on a really floor degree understanding of who he truly was as a human. Not one thing I’m pleased with, however an essential a part of the story.
Fortunately, not like different eventualities the place such profound disagreements would result in petty dismissiveness, Jimmy is a Bitcoiner, which was sufficient to maintain my curiosity piqued and my knee-jerk prejudices in test. For the primary time shortly, partaking in a dialogue about religion with somebody who held completely different views than mine transcended the standard frustration and as a substitute was refreshing.
Inside a few months, we began to extra deliberately discover the methods by which religion and Bitcoin intersected. We gathered a number of different Bitcoiner mates by way of Zoom and commenced a weekly guide research. We began with “The Ethics of Cash Manufacturing” by Jörg Guido Hülsmann and adopted with “Trustworthy Cash” by Gary North.
These weekly Zoom conversations have been at all times partaking and informative. Usually, about eight of us confirmed up and generally we’d host as much as 15. On the finish of “Trustworthy Cash,” eight of the remaining regulars of the group determined to jot down a guide collectively. We felt like there was a possibility to deal with the underlying points raised within the two books we had learn whereas making a case for Bitcoin as the answer. Six months and plenty of many extra Zoom calls later, we revealed “Thank God For Bitcoin.”
I’m extraordinarily pleased with the guide itself and I hope it’s useful for everybody who reads it, however I’m simply as impressed with how such a theologically- and politically-diverse group of authors got here collectively and aligned on some fairly substantial concepts. Extra spectacular is how we’ve managed to develop nearer collectively as mates all through the method.
Represented amongst us are conservative Christians, progressive Christians and former Christians. We’ve acquired Evangelical Christians and Orthodox Christians. The eight of us hail from each right-leaning and left-leaning political persuasions. In another context, you wouldn’t discover all of us collectively in the identical room voluntarily. However no matter these realities, we share a conviction that Bitcoin is sweet for humanity, that a technique or one other, its existence can solely be attributed to a great and benevolent God.
I received’t communicate for my co-authors, however I’ll say that the method of becoming a member of forces with such unlikely companions provides me hope that humanity can escape the polarizing constructs to which we’re enslaved. Bitcoiners have a renewed sense of imaginative and prescient and objective for what might be as a result of we’ve tasted it.
Bitcoin is designed to draw individuals who innately acknowledge the necessity to construct a greater society from the bottom up. Once we come collectively in any context, we’ve already launched the previous world and as a substitute, we’re actively engaged in stewarding a model new paradigm.
It is a visitor put up by George Mekhail. Opinions expressed are fully their very own and don’t essentially mirror these of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Journal.