2020 was unforgettable, especially for Bitcoin. To commemorate our readers this year, we asked our network of contributors to reflect on the pricing, technological development, community growth and more of Bitcoin in 2020, and to think about what all of this could mean in 2021. These authors responded with a collection of thoughtful and thought-provoking articles. Click here to read all the stories from our series at the end of 2020.
Boy what year was that
It’s hard to find the right words for 2020. I have struggled with mixed emotions this year, and I suspect many of you have, too. Anger and frustration, yes, but also confirmation and excitement. So many things that we’ve talked about for so long, all of the trends we’ve been following and predictions we’ve made seem to be more and more accurate.
I’ve found the apparent acceleration of events this year to be quite sobering, and it has definitely resulted in more serious preparation for all that lies ahead.
I cannot imagine having to face the challenges of today’s world without Bitcoin. The fact that it exists gives me a deep sense of peace. I sometimes refer to it as a heartbeat of existential comfort (beating once every 10 minutes or so). As long as it goes on, I have hope for the future.
With this hope comes an immense gratitude, an inexhaustible enthusiasm and a palpable energy that seems to be generated directly by Bitcoin. I know a lot of you feel it too. It’s amazing isn’t it? No matter how crazy the world gets, the hope that inspires Bitcoin is so amazingly strong that it removes despair and focuses your will on building a better future. It’s like a drug that evokes the best aspects of yourself and forces you to refine and express them.
With such hyperbolic enthusiasm, one can still ask: Do I really see it clearly? Do I want this to be bad enough to fool myself?
These are very important questions to ask, especially when it comes to something that may be disoriented like an unprecedented paradigm shift in the very foundation of society: money. Such a change could turn the world upside down, so it is only natural – indeed necessary – to question yourself about it and maintain a critical perspective.
Of course, when some of the brightest, most successful people on the planet come to the same conclusion as you, which has been an exciting development this year, it helps allay those fears. As it turns out, some of these people come to similar conclusions as many of us do when poking Bitcoin through their own critical lens. Additionally, these people from the traditional corporate and financial world not only agree with us, but actually seek insight and guidance.
As legendary investor Paul Tudor Jones recently said, he explained why he is even more optimistic about Bitcoin: “[There is] An enormous contingent of really, really smart people who believe in it. ”
So not only does it seem less and less likely that we are insane, but as fate would have it, we can also be the group of uncomfortable visionaries who carry the torch at the head of what is possibly the greatest technological revolution in human history. That’s damn rad.
And that actually brings me to what has inspired me the most this year, most excited, most likely to step up and most grateful to get in touch with him – BITCOINERS !!
Between the chaotic world around us, the memes, “numbers rising”, citadel dreams and grapes and shit, it’s easy to lose sight of the real story here: you.
In my opinion, we are not looking to the world that is waiting for this to happen. We are what happens. We are what happens when people interact with something that has the unique properties of bitcoin, and we are the ones through whom the new world begins to arise.
After all, Bitcoin is just a tool and only revolutionary in that its unique properties create new possibilities for action – that is, new behaviors.
And what are these options? We are only just beginning to find out, and as many in this area explore and articulate some of them, so truly are the changes that have been inspired in each of us.
However, I often wonder why these particular people? Why such similar and consistent changes in such a diverse group of people?
Sure, the narrative surrounding Bitcoin at any given point in time can have a self-selecting effect for certain types of people, but there is clearly more to it than that. As strange as it may sound to some, at this point it seems almost irrefutable that these novel possibilities that Bitcoin is introducing, and perhaps even something more fundamental about its nature, actually have a transformative effect on many who deal with it.
But how? Why? Are we just adapting to the parameters of the network in order to be better able to take advantage of the opportunities that arise? Are we somehow shaped and transformed by its immutable, incorruptible nature? Is it just about the power of coordinated incentives that apply equally to everyone? Just a “time preference” thing? Twitter influence? Some kind of alchemical transformation? All of this and much more.
Regardless of how, I’ve noticed this with almost every bitcoiner I’ve been lucky enough to connect with – bitcoin changes you, and that’s what this is all about.
This is exactly what every revolution is always about, changing our behavior, changing our behavior and our interaction.
It’s such a strange thing. Is this network living on the Internet fundamentally realigning people’s perspectives? How do you see the world? How do you see yourself?
That seems to be the case.
I know a lot of you feel that. You just can’t help but see things differently, as if a veil had been lifted, and it is now getting harder and harder to relate to who you were before Bitcoin.
Whatever process is at stake, maybe nothing is more powerful than this: Bitcoin inspires hope, and in my opinion many of these changes reflect how powerful that can be.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about “anyone who owns Bitcoin”. I’m talking about capital “B” bitcoiners. If you know you know. If not, keep digging the rabbit hole.
But is all of this change a good thing? I believe the vast majority of it is.
I have found that bitcoiners are humble, intelligent, kind, rebellious, principled, direct, ambitious, hopeful and committed to the pursuit of truth. You are the unlikely heroes of this story, and if you show up with a real will to learn, keep your ego in check, have good intentions, and are open to wherever this road takes you, you will find a “community” that is before you oozes support, respect, camaraderie and love.
I often laugh at the absurdity of the fact that a bunch of hooligans lurking on the internet shaming people to buy Bitcoin is actually the driving force behind the most positive change taking place in the world today.
Bitcoiners are the curious and courageous who open their hearts and minds to the truth of this matter and allow themselves to be transformed.
Over time, Bitcoin will inevitably be judged by the people, communities, and societies it promotes. For me, bitcoin offers a window into the future and even now, while we’re all so early in the process, I can see a glimmer of it, and it’s fucking amazing.
My biggest highlight in 2020?
BULLISH ON BITCOINERS!
It’s an honor to be freaks among you.
This is a guest post by John Vallis. The opinions expressed are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.