We are referred to as “Toxic Bitcoin Maximalists” as an attempted insult. We don’t flinch, we wear it as a badge of honor. We do not apologize for our fact, our confidence, or our meme warfare. You can find us on Twitter, where we respond to weak arguments against bitcoin (all are weak) with “Have Fun Staying Poor” instead of trying to convince the unsavory opponent or lazy critic. Michael Saylor aptly refers to bitcoiners as “Cyber Hornets” not only because hornets have stingers, but presumably because hornets serve a greater purpose supporting the wider ecosystem.
The thing is, Bitcoiners are right. Which necessarily means that any other economic philosophy is wrong. The end. It is not gold. Fiat is actually toilet paper. Altcoins? LOL.
No, Bitcoin is the solution.
Our belief that Bitcoin is inevitable is a natural phenomenon that exists as a function to kill the bugs. This is not to say that an absence of our hilarious memes would weaken the network. But like hornets that serve to prevent the harmful spread of ubiquitous insect populations, our proactive aggression literally protects humanity’s future by preserving our only chance at the promise of deliverance from tyranny. A passive or defensive attitude is simply not enough.
By protecting the network at an early stage, we are constantly paving the way for bitcoin’s rise and its inevitable dominance as the global currency. This service to the world community is undervalued and vastly misunderstood. Which is good! Our vigilance is our evangelism. In a world of subjective truth, our belief is our marketing. In a culture overrun with hopelessness, our genuine optimism offers unexpected encouragement to those hungry for authenticity.
The world we live in has become a cesspool of lies and violence. Not much good remains under the sun. Every setting has become corrupted. Orwell’s vision is focused on us and few seem to care. Clearly, society is being reset by strong forces, and as we experienced in 2020, things are getting weird. Bitcoiners agree that a reset is necessary, although we insist and will prevail in facilitating a reset, expressed in satoshis. A reSat, if you want.
Bitcoin itself is the answer to just about every macro problem humanity faces. This fact is increasingly evident to anyone who goes to the trouble of watching a high-quality 10-minute YouTube video with a genuine open mind. That is, if YouTube hasn’t banned that video yet, because it’s the corrupt institution it has become.
We live in times marred by an ongoing existential emergency that requires focused vigilance to overcome. Bitcoiners are among the friendliest, most trustworthy, and generous people on the planet. One of our most popular memes is an exhortation to remain humble. We have a deep desire to see our fellow man and huwoman blossom. We use humor to make our points clear, while emphasizing the seriousness and urgency of our present moment in history. We don’t need gratitude, but we are aware of the importance of early adopters and our ability to see where things are going if we don’t correct course urgently.
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 dad confronted me and said, “George, you have to stop wasting your life and start taking your future seriously or you will become a loser.”
It was in Arabic (which, as you can imagine, made it more intense), so this is a loose translation. It clearly stayed with me and was a turning point in my life. I didn’t like to hear that, but it was exactly what I wanted to hear. Not long ago I started to recognize similar patterns in my own teenage son and of course I dropped the same blunt wisdom on him, but in English. The next day he said to me, “Daddy, you are right and you really got me thinking. Thank you.”
Now he’s watching Ministry of Nodes tutorials and asking detailed questions about Clark Moody’s dashboard. Yes, I am crying.
I love my son a lot more than strangers on Twitter. But in many ways, the wisdom Bitcoiners try to convey to everyone we meet isn’t much different from these stories. It’s just time to look around and stop complying with the rules. It’s time to take our lives and future seriously. If you’re not convinced, there’s not much more to say: have fun staying poor.
This is a guest post from George Mekhail. The views expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.