Gravity gave us galaxies, stars, planets and life in the physical realm. Bitcoin may enable similar emergent majesty in the more abstract realm of the human hive mind. May we use this new-found power to enhance human flourishing and advance this shared project called civilization. May we use the growing mind matrix created by Bitcoin as a foundation to build a more beautiful world.
The magic of Bitcoin is that there is a new global consensus achieved every 10 minutes, and any human that plugs into the network can literally contribute to each change in the consensus. Furthermore, any human can peacefully maintain a piece of this consensus through HODLing and need only relinquish this control through consent. It’s more than just property rights, it’s also the right to transfer these rights to anyone else in the world. It’s worth considering that for a moment. It’s something like granting every human in the world the ability to implant a thought into every other human’s mind every 10 minutes.
Delayed gratification is the bedrock of civilization. Planning for the future and deferring consumption are prerequisites to child rearing, agriculture, technology, cooperation and the construction of every tool, every building, every work of art ever made. In short, all good things take time. Luckily Bitcoin drives participants to extend their time horizons thereby enabling greater human flourishing in the future. The future will not build itself however, to bring to life the full potential that Bitcoin unlocks we must translate our values into action.
So here’s the vision: 1000 years from now Bitcoin is everywhere and so is a new civic institution called the Bitcoin Tree Forum (Bitcoin Tree Cathedral or Local Bitcoin Forum are other possible names in keeping with its intention). The Bitcoin Tree Forum is a grove of old growth trees planted by bitcoiners and stewarded by bitcoiners as an act of service to the generations to come. It serves as a place to gather and coordinate human effort towards projects that promise long term value to the community. It's a meeting place for citizens to lower their time preference and partake in something bigger than themselves. At the center of the grove is a publicly accessible Bitcoin node that serves as a portal for communities to transfer value between one another and facilitate other, yet to be imagined use cases. Bitcoin is a public utility and as such I believe it should have public interfaces.