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Education is alchemy. It’s transformative. The “you” that began a journey of discovery at the bottom rung of the student hierarchy of some particular study or discipline is not the same “you” that emerged from that study or discipline with new understanding and mastery. There’s the old you and the reinvented, “new and improved” you.  They say necessity is the mother of invention.  If the choice to learn is the choice to reinvent one’s self, it seems apropos to consider the role necessity plays in the decision to learn something, e.g. Bitcoin.

We act.  Being rational creatures, we tend to act in ordered ways.  We also have diverse life experiences, neurological profiles, preconceived notions, and established preferences.  With certain exceptions granted, e.g. various forms of psychopathy, various forms of cognitive impairment, etc., we all tend to act in ways that could be considered the same and different.  We all eat food, but what food we eat may not be the same for a variety of reasons.  We all sleep but we all sleep for varying lengths, on different circadian rhythms, actively(snoring, somnambulence, etc.), with breathing difficulty (e.g. sleep apnea), etc.  There are a lot of things that we all do but we all do them in our own religious, national, cultural, familial, or personal styles.

What are we doing when we act?  Given the scarcity of our physiological resources, e.g. we have but 2 arms, 2 legs, etc., the scarcity of time, and our limited ability to move through space in time, we are faced constantly with the question of what we ought to do with the present moment.  Our actions are the manifestation of the result of the economic calculus we performed on what it is that we valued most at the moment of each action.  In other words, when we act, we are demonstrating the outcome of the most recent instance in which we have asked ourselves “What is the one thing I should pursue next, as it will produce the most value?”.  Therefore, when one chooses to begin the journey of learning some study or discipline, there is some kind of value calculus that has occurred.

So what do we tend to value?  We are all subjugated to the demands of our biological vulnerabilities.  The survivalist’s rules of 3 offer a quick rundown of those vulnerabilities:

  • 3 weeks without food
  • 3 days without water
  • 3 hours without adequate shelter/heat/clothing (in certain circumstances)
  • 3 minutes without oxygen
  • 3 tenths of a second without security

People pay for security.  They usually call their fortresses things like houses, apartments, flats, condos, villas, etc.  Shelter is a form of security, as walls are defensive weapons.  They also pay for firearms, blades, martial arts training, security personel, fencing, guard dogs, etc.  Oxygen is free but some people pay for that because they have trouble accessing the oxygen that’s all around them or they need it for scientific or medical research or industrial processes, etc.  People pay for water in one form or another, whether it be with time, effort, or money, and the same is true for food.  If we look at the next layer, people will pay for tools that facilitate their pursuit of those survival needs like gas powered vehicles or computers.  Not everyone pursues all of these things, but almost everyone pursues some form of all of these things in their own way.

If we’re constantly faced with a barrage of survival needs, not only day to day but moment to moment, it stands to reason that people may be motivated to better manage the satisfaction of the demands of their biological vulnerabilities.  The more efficiently one is able to manage this lifelong task set, the more discretionary time one has to effect one’s will, to create, to value, and to pursue that which they value.

We live in a post-barter society based upon specialization of occupation/profession.  In order for this to work, we must have money.  As Bitcoiners know, the legacy fiat money system is very broken.  We are watching the end of the legacy fiat money system while we meme and innovate.  The future is here, but it is unevenly distributed.  Bitcoiners get that better than most people.

We see others suffering and try to orange pill them.  Sometimes we’re successful and sometimes we’re not.  Orange pilling is a lot like sales.  Sales is simply defined as the transference of belief.  A good salesman values his time and will therefore qualify his leads.  It makes no sense to attempt to sell beef to a cattle rancher because they’ve probably got a dozen chest freezers full of beef already.  Likewise, it makes no sense to attempt to sell anything to someone who has no money because they aren’t in any markets as a buyer anyways.

Tech people, libertarians/voluntaryists/agorists/minarchists/anarchists, conspiracy theorists, precious metals investors, ‘End the Fed’ types and more are all great targets for orange pill delivery, but which orange pill targets have the highest turnover rate?  People who are seeking for an answer to the problem.  In other words, the horse that’s already thirsty is going to be your best customer if you’re selling water.

Find a thirsty horse. It’ll drink.

What about the people who aren’t already thirsty for answers or perhaps have yet to even consider that there is a problem?  There are people out there who are suffering as a result of the diminished purchasing power contained by their fiat money.  Might such a person be motivated to engage in an autodidactic process of self-discovery using whatever information sources they are able to discern as being useful?  How many people on board into Bitcoin on their own because they didn’t know who to trust and they didn’t want to advertise their own lack of experience and knowledge as that would be attractive to scammers?  A person in such a situation has but one option and that is to take their position at the lowest rung of the Bitcoin student hierarchy and start learning their way up that ladder like so many have and will continue to do.

The act of beginning a new educational pursuit is significant for a number of reasons.  This act indicates a number of character traits including self-honesty, humility, and curiosity.  It is radically self-honest to admit to one’s self that the possibility not only exists, but evidence suggests that it is highly likely that I and everyone I have ever trusted to teach me about money had a massive blindspot in their economic understanding.  They meant well, but they got duped, and so did I.  To conclude the above to be the truth is humble.  Ego does not like admitting it was wrong.  Mark Twain put it rather well.

The Sunk Cost Fallacy is the ego’s strong right arm.

Psychologically, people are about twice as averse to losses as they are prone to pursue gains of equal amounts.  That is to say that a person will feel twice as bad about losing a million sats than they will feel good after having been gifted a million sats.  When this idea is coupled with the notion of “sunken costs”, where costs are understood to include time and attentional costs in addition to the obvious financial costs, we can see how people might engage in knee-jerk reactions to the suggestion that the “almighty dollar” they’ve been chasing their whole lives is, in fact, stealing from them.  Worse yet, the dollar steals from them and only because they use it to store their value.

Lots of people don’t like to hear that they’ve been doing something wrong their whole lives. Exceptions exist who are grateful to anyone who brings an issue to their attention.  The fool fears asking the question, lest he betray his ignorance to others. The sage, on the other hand, asks questions with hopeful anticipation of the possibility of joy that accompanies newfound understanding.  Philosophy itself means love of wisdom.  The wise individual understands that each new piece of information has a tendency to produce more new questions than it answered.  This is much like the mythological hydra who would grow back multiple heads whenever one head was cut off.  It is fair to say that, no matter what direction we probe, investigate, or inquire, we will be quickly made aware of the extent of our knowledge as we toe the borderline of our own ignorance.  Being surrounded by one’s own ignorance, it’s easy to see how the father of western philosophy could suggest that he knew nothing.

We can see then, that people who come to terms with Bitcoin through autodidactic methods may be well regarded as philosophers, as humble and honest in acknowledgement of their ignorance, and as curious in their pursuit to dispel that ignorance.  The continuation of their efforts to understand the complexities and intricacies of Bitcoin may serve as a testament to their diligence and/or intelligence.  We have our cyclical tourists who merely visit once every 4 years, seeking fiat gains.  These people could not explain how Bitcoin works at a big picture, Xs and Os football play kind of level.  We have moon boys all about hype.  We have traders.  We have all sorts of people in Bitcoin.  Not all of us embody the virtues listed above, but a good number of us embody many of those virtues.

If Bitcoin itself can help serve as something of a filter for virtues like humility, honesty, curiosity, and diligence, then, perhaps it makes sense for Bitcoiners seeking a lifelong romantic partnership, i.e. the kind of love that is celebrated on Valentine’s Day, to seek within the Bitcoin community itself.  Do you want a partner who is humble, honest, curious, diligent, studious, responsible, and productive?  Do you want a partner who understands and supports your philosophy?

Philosophy, when broken down into etymological components “philo” and “sophy” we find “philia” and “sophia”.  “Sophia means “wisdom”.  “Philia” means “love”, but it’s not quite as simple as that.  In Greek, there are 8 different words for “love” and philia is only one of them.  Why are there so many words for love in Greek?  To repeat: necessity is the mother of invention.  The Greeks have 8 words for love because there is nuance worthy of being parsed on such a deep and wide reaching topic as love.

The 8 forms of love of Greece.

The Inuit people experience a lot of freezing precipitation in their home territory.  There are a lot of variables that may subtly change the form of frozen precipitation like temperature, wind, and humidity.  Skiiers and snowboarders get it.  Powder is different from icy crust.  Little sleet balls are different from flakes.  Snow that packs/compresses together is different from snow that disintegrates into powder no matter how much you attempt to form it.  Necessity is the mother of invention, as discussed above.  This applies to the creation of words as much as it applies to the choice to learn.  Having different words for frozen precipitation affords speakers of that language the ability to offer useful nuance to one another in their communications.  Certain frozen precipitation conditions may be more or less conducive to travel by roads.  Some conditions may be dangerous to snowmobiles.  Some may be immediately dangerous to any animals without shelter, e.g. hail.

While it is winter time in the northern hemisphere, and many of you may see snow on the ground as you read this, the purpose of the snow example was to highlight the fact that, sometimes, one word is insufficient to capture nuance worthy of being parsed within a particular area of focus.  Ancient Greece was a hotbed of philosophy.  The Socratic Method itself asserts the importance of definition of terms.  The subject of love, like time and money, is so sweeping and comprehensive that one word hardly seems capable of capturing the nuances that are part of the human experience of love.

Philia, an etymological root of philosophy (and many other terms), is one of those 8 Greek words for love.  Philia is a love between teammates.  If they stand behind you, give them protection. If they stand beside you, give them respect. If they stand against you, give them hell.  Philia is the love that goes hand in hand with respecting those who stand beside you.  It is the love at play in the concept that your vibe attracts your tribe.  Philia arises often between “brothers in arms” whether that be in an actual military, on a sports team, or individual participants in the same grass roots, peaceful, economic rEVOLution.  Philia has to do with shared ideals, shared goals, and sacrifice.

Lifelong philia bonds being established.
ST. LOUIS – OCTOBER 28: Action from Game 7 of the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri on October 28, 2011. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Whenever I go to a Bitcoin conference or meetup there is a feeling of communion through shared ideology and shared goals.  This is philia.  Bitcoiners have been through the gauntlet together.  We want to usher in the end of the fiat money era for Earth.  This bond could be considered somewhat similar to Stockholm syndrome wherein a captive falls in love with the captor.  Unlike fight or flight, the captive adopts another f tactic: fawn.  The stress of the situation creates a trauma bond in both captives as well as in brothers in arms, prisoners, teammates, coworkers, and more. 

In the case of Bitcoiners, it’s not a captive/captee relationship at play so much as it is a Thucidydes trap: a war scenario between the established top dog and the up and coming challenger.  In this case, the legacy Rothschild family central banking cartel, Wall St., Keynesian economics, and fiat money are the incumbent top dog and we, the scrappy, nimble hive of cyber-hornets are the up and coming challenger.  Like any incumbent, the legacy system is incentivized to protect itself whether it is in the right or not.  This is Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy in action.  We are the boat rockers against whom the establishment’s ire has been, is, and will continue to be directed.  In that regard, we are peaceful brothers and sisters in arms.

Bitcoin is best classified as being of the Austrian school of economics. Pick up a Murray Rothbard book and you’ll wonder if you’re reading an economics book or a treatise on libertarian morality. I don’t know what brought you to Bitcoin.  Few Bitcoiners do.  It’s a bylaw of the universe that there must be at least one podcast per Bitcoiner, so you have plenty of options from which to choose.  If you listen to enough Bitcoin podcasts, you’ll hear a bunch of Bitcoiner origin stories.  After one has digested enough Bitcoiner origin stories, a pattern becomes clear.  While the experiences that brought you, the reader, to Bitcoin may, in their exact and perfect detail, remain unknown to the rest of us, we have heard enough of one another’s “Bitcoiner origin stories” to know that, whatever your details are, it’s likely to resonate with us.

Your vibe attracts your tribe.

A form of love that is somewhat similar to the Platonic love of philia is storge. While philia allows us to appreciate a person’s mind for its ideology, mission, and affiliations, storge is a form of love that has to do with presence on the ‘journey of becoming’ itself.  It’s one thing for you to appreciate my perspective because I told you my origin story.  It’s another thing entirely for you to have been there as my family member or as my long time friend and for you to have personally witnessed me going through my life experiences that are a significant, formative part of my origin story.

There are layers to how much weight we put on the experiences of others.  If person B told me a story they heard about person A, it’s not even coming from the person who lived the story and on top of that issue, I have to overcome the trust issues, if any, that exist with person B.  If person A told me a story about person A, that story is first hand, but I wasn’t there, so I have to again overcome any trust issues I may have with person A.  If I was there with person A when the story happened to them, I know for a fact what happened because I experienced it too.  This is the highest form of certainty about a person’s history one can have.  It is this type of certainty that builds the loving trust and loyalty that are part of storge.  Storge is built through shared experience or familiarity. Storge is a familial love.  As such, storge is, like proof of work, a sort of proof of its own.  Storge is proof of experience as a witness.

In order to get into Bitcoin, though, there must be another kind of love present: philautia.  Philautia is a form of self love.  This is not the Narcissistic type of self love, but rather the Delphic maxim type of love, i.e. “Know thy self”.  As stated above, money is a survival matter.  The lizard brain has a tendency to come into play when the topic of money is on the table.  It tells us “Don’t overthink this money thing. The trend is your friend. If you misallocate your value, your ability to thrive or even survive may be significantly diminished”.

Why doesn’t torture work? Misaligned incentives. If I’m being tortured, I will tell you whatever I think it is that you want to hear in order to make the pain stop.  Why would I do that?  Fear of having more pain inflicted upon me.  Fear is a powerful motivator.  Fear of Bitcoin is simply incomplete understanding.  Various forms of psychopathy aside, no one wants to live in fear, yet many persist in their state of fear despite there being a clear path to escape it: learning.

From the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

When a person takes an honest account of what they know, i.e. engages in epistemology and reconsiders their preexisting assumptions, that exercise is practically fulfilling the Delphic maxim “Know thy self”.  When a no-coiner does this and admits for the first time that they lack depth in understanding of money, economics, the energy grid, networks, etc., this is a moment worthy of celebration.  A mind has acknowledged the truth!  A mind has set itself free with an act of humility, honesty, and philautia! The first step is admitting you have a problem.  This is what happens when someone takes the orange pill.

“Many of the people who get involved in Bitcoin describe this experience as going down the rabbit hole.  You get this instant effect where you feel that something special, something amazing is happening and then you start reading about Bitcoin and then you get obsessed and you start reading more about Bitcoin and then you start annoying your friends and family about it and you start talking about it at parties and dinner parties and your significant other goes ‘Oh God…here we go again…it’s the Bitcoin talk’.  And then you get REALLY obsessed and you read about it for months and months and months and you don’t eat enough and you get even more obsessed.  That experience has happened to a lot of people in Bitcoin and the reason is that Bitcoin is not just a minor incremental change.”

Andreas Antonopoulos, speaking at WIRED Money 2015

Balance is important.  Mania causes hyperfixation.  It causes tunnel vision.  It causes blind spots.  We neglect the juggling act of life and allow things to drop.  In the case of Andreas, he stopped eating enough and lost a lot of weight in a hurry.  In my case, my dozen plus years of professional and fantasy sports interest evaporated within a year to a year and a half after I fell down the Bitcoin rabbit hole.  My mania transferred from one thing to the next.  It’s also important to not get manic about manias.  Sometimes it’s good to go manic about a topic, but it very strongly depends on the topic. Even Pythagoras and Plato recognized a sort of “divine mania” connected to genius, so they may not all be bad.  So while manias in general can bring about great imbalances in one’s life, some manias, such as the divine mania or Bitcoin mania would seem to be good so long as they are tempered before they cause imbalance.  If a horse has been deprived of water and is then given an opportunity to drink, his water consumption may appear manic when in fact there was another, more significant imbalance being corrected.

Mania in its dangerous form is essientially a violation of Delphic Maxim #2: nothing in excess.  Mania is an obsessive love.  Think of the crazy ex who was hyper jealous and extremely needy.  Think of the dependent kind of person who would say things like “I can’t go on without you”.  Think of the person who has little to no identity of their own and instead, identifies based on their relationship to their significant other. Mania can manifest for anything: romantic prospects, Platonic friends, hobbies, investigations, technology, business, etc.  Mania can take many forms, from the scientist who works nights and weekends in the lab chasing a breakthrough to the business man who works so much he just sleeps on a couch in his office Friday and Saturday night to the student obsessed with acing out their transcripts so they get accepted into Harvard.  Mania is European football hooliganism.  Mania is Rudy just wanting to play American football for the University of Notre Dame.  Mania is when yours truly spent over a decade obsessing over sports and fantasy sports.

Mania goeth before a fall.

Unlike the Greek god of athletics and sports, Hermes, Icarus didn’t have winged feet.  His wings were made of feathers and wax by the hand of his genius father, Daedalus, who famously defeated the Minotaur with the Labrynth.  Icarus ignored his father’s warning not to fly too close to the sun, but Icarus succumbed to mania in his flight.  His fascination with flying higher and higher turned out to cause his very demise.  He flew too close to the sun which caused the wax to soften.  The feathers came undone and Icarus fell to his demise.

The lesson here is often expressed as “cultivate eros and ludus, but reduce mania”.  Mania is often confused for ludus or eros which are the two forms of love that are most applicable to Valentines Day.  For a bit of etymological context, ludique is French for ‘playful’.  Ludus is a flirtatious love.  Ludus is about emotions and is often confused with eros because ludus often leads to eros.  Given that this article is entitled Love is Bitcoin and is being posted on loveisbitcoin.com, I would absolutely be remiss if I failed to mention the excellent example of ludus offered by Libby (@flomontoya_) who handles the @LoveisBitcoin21 account on X (formerly Twitter).  If you want to see how Bitcoin does ludus, give her a follow.

Ludus is an affectionate kind of love in a “sapiosexual” sense.  Sapiosexuals are passionate regarding the manner in which the mind of their loved one works.  Ludus has to do with the compatibility of extemporaneous wit between two people.  This can occur between any two people, however, most often, flirtatiousness is associated with romantic love.  This may be well encapsulated by Deadpool when he said “Your crazy matches my crazy.  And we’re like two jigsaw pieces, you know?  Weird, curvy edges.”  Without skipping a beat, his girlfriend, Vanessa, finishes the thought, saying “Put them together and you can see the picture on top.” 

Deadpool reference? In a love article? Yep. That’s exactly what this is, a love article.

Ludus, on the other hand, often does lead to another form of love: eros.  That’s right.  Brown chicken, brown cow time.  Eros is about the body.  Eros is passionate, carnal, erotic, lusty love.  This sort of love can be dangerous if not paired with other forms of love that might be considered a spiritual connection by some or perhaps a combination of ludus, storge, philia, philautia, and maybe even a touch of mania.

Ludus, like mania, can often be confused with eros.  Eros is about sensory pleasure, comfort, bliss, and not just from a lover.  Sensual textures, flavors, aromas, sounds, and sights may all apply to eros.  Think of your favorite blanket or the smell of good coffee or the taste of freshly baked cinnamon buns.  Eros is the etymological root of erotic and all of its derivatives.  Eros is about the body.  So how does magic internet money that, as gold bugs like to point out, ‘we can’t even hold in our hands’ pertain to the body?  Before answering that, I’ll address the gold bugs’ objection by meming the GOAT, Muhammad Ali.  Float like a cyber hornet: sovereign and free. Hands can’t take what the eye can’t see.

If I can’t hold it in my hand, thieves can’t take it from my hand either.

Bitcoin is the internet’s native money, and, as such, has an internet native community.  The internet, if it’s not yet obvious to you, enjoys memes.  In November of 2021, Bitcoin peaked at an all time high spot price of $69,000.

Nice.

There was a veritable library of $69,420 memes champing at the bit, ready to be posted as soon as Bitcoin reached that spot price but alas, we didn’t quite get to the promised land last cycle.  We meme our appreciation of large, green, objects often found on asset price charts.  You may know them as “candlesticks” but many of us call them…something else…something a bit more phallic. 

Lady Bitcoiners looking to bring some Bitcoin into the wardrobe might want to check out www.pantiesforbitcoin.com.  One happy customer noted that “the luxurious fabric is super soft and stretchy, but stays snug and comfortable.”  What you wear affects how you feel, and that’s what eros is all about.

A selection of the offerings available at pantiesforbitcoin.com

The Bitcoiner space is home to many “hard bodies”.  Whether it’s for the sake of health, competition, or  occupation, there are a number of Bitcoiners who have worked diligently on developing a body that is likely considered by many to be erotic.  Given her consistent presence on Bitcoin XTwitter and her work as a model and Playboy playmate, Jessica Vaugn certainly embodies eros as a female Bitcoiner.  On the male side, Robert Breedlove did Olympic style weightlifting competitions and fellow loveisbitcoin.com author, Austin Herbert, looks like a Spartan from the movie 300.  I have no doubts that these Bitcoiners bear the burden of an excess of suitors, and, to be fair, it’s not just because they’ve worked hard on their bodies.

Jessica, Robert, and Austin, along with many other Bitcoiners, have developed themselves as lifelong students and philosophers.  If the diligence used to create model bodies and philosopher’s minds is applied equally to establishing a deep and committed relationship, yet another form of love develops called pragma.  Pragma is a love that develops over time.  As Moss and Svetski pointed out in The Uncommunist Manifesto, no one can go to the gym for you.  You have to put in the work yourself, and pragma is one of the fruits of prolonged effort.

The last and most important form of love also arises from putting in the work.  Doing one’s ‘shadow work’ may result in one becoming ‘the light’.  Agape is an unconditional love, a love that gives with no expectation of return.  Agape is also universal love.  The universe is everything though, including its occupants, so that’s kind of a big pill to swallow.  Let’s crush it up and make it easier to take.

There are two components to the universe: consciousness and everything else.  Conscious beings represent consciousness.  What is it to love all conscious beings?  Understand them.  Acknowledge them for who they are.  When interacting with person X, be conscious of what you know about person X and lovingly tailor your interactions with person X to person X.  If you’re talking to someone who is self-critical because they’re short, don’t talk about how great it is to be tall.  Point out the advantages of being shorter.  You don’t hit your head on stuff.  It’s easier to do acrobatic stuff when you’re short.  You fit in vehicles.  Things like that are going to help that person feel better about their body and their life.  That’s a loving act.

If someone recently lost a loved one, seek to offer them consolation and avoid bringing up their loss other than to acknowledge your awareness of the loss and your sympathy.  Beyond that, let them bring it up if they wish to do so.  The Golden Rule, slightly reworded, would fit well here.  Treat others lovingly in a tailored manner that acknowledges who they are and what they’re dealing with as a person.  Don’t treat me as Libby, Jessica, Robert, or Austin.  Treat me as Red.  Treat Libby as Libby, Jessica as Jessica, Robert as Robert, and Austin as Austin.  Treat people as they wish to be treated, within reason of course. 

One thing people often miss is the application of the Golden Rule to how one treat’s one’s own self.  This is where agape and philautia overlap.  Your family wasn’t perfect.  Your teachers weren’t perfect.  Your friends and peers who influenced you throughout your life weren’t and still aren’t perfect.  You’re not perfect.  Society is clown world.  There are Siren’s singing us to our ruin at every shoreline on this Odyssey, so if you’ve failed to chart a perfect course and your ship is a little dinged up, understand that’s ok and please forgive yourself.  You’re only human.  If an honest assessment of your life’s path yields that you’ve strived to do the best you could with the resources that were available to you, give yourself a pat on the back.  You’ve done well, and I owe you a hug.

As for loving the rest of the universe, that’s simple in theory but can be difficult in practice.  Put simply, loving the universe is the same thing as passionately, excitedly studying the universe.  This doesn’t literally mean we should just study astronomy and astrophysics and geology because the universe is made out of stars and giant rocks that move about according to physical laws.  We should also study psychology, culture, economics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, language, religious/esoteric traditions, nutrition, philosophy, etc.  Do not take that list as some sort of complete and comprehensive checklist either.  Part of universal love means charting your own path and pursuing what is interesting to YOU.  If you’re into gardening, cool.  If you’re into wood work, cool.  If you’re a driveway/garage/Youtube mechanic, cool.  You do you.  Pursue interests.  Identify preferences.  Find reasons to be passionate about existing here, now, in the universe we inherited at birth.

So how does Bitcoin participate in agape?  If agape is universal and unconditional love, Bitcoin embodies both universal and unconditional love in the simple fact that Bitcoin is for everyone.  How does Bitcoin embody or participate in the human expression of passion or love for various aspects of the universe?  The simplest answer is that money touches just about everything that is a part of human life on Earth.

Minions of the legacy financial system lob FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) at us all the time.  A favorite is the accusation that Bitcoin is used for illicit purposes, i.e. drugs, arms, sex trafficking, etc.  We know better, but just to drive the point home, we counter their accusations with our reality.  The Bitcoin community is charitable.  We have organizations like BitGive that are designed to promote transparency and accountability in charitable giving through the use of Bitcoin.  Based on the example set by Satoshi himself, Bitcoiners regularly sacrifice time, attention, and value to help others understand Bitcoin if those others have the will to learn.

To show some love to people who need it, check out https://www.bitgivefoundation.org

If the extemporaneous execution of will is ‘will power’, that implies the existence of ‘will energy’, as power is simply energy per unit time.  When we work for some employer, we, the marionette string puppet, are handing our own puppet strings off to someone else so that they may use our kinetic power to enact their will.  In return for using our power to enact their will, we are given potential will energy, also known as money.  The trade is kinetic will energy for potential will energy.  Spending money is an expression of free will, interest, value, or passion which is essentially an expression of agape.

When I buy an album from a band that I like, I’m not buying the album to access their music. I can get that for free on the internet. I grew up with Napster. I’m buying the album to send them a message, i.e. ‘please keep producing music because I value your work and I want this to be a rewarding endeavor for you so you’ll continue to pursue it.’ I’ve said more than once “show me how the incentives are aligned and I’ll predict how people will behave.” If I love it when they make music, I should incentivize them to do more of that which I love. So, the next time I want to show some love to my Bitcoin rapper friends because their latest drop just blew my mind, I can just zap them some sats, because…

Love is Bitcoin.

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