I never thought I'd live to see the banking system afraid. Up until recently, I've only seen them win.
See, I lived through the effects "trickle down" economics in 1980's NYC and saw only an increase of active crack addicts flood my Bronx neighborhood.
I watched MNC's (Multi-National Corporations) overtake the legislative processes of other countries through manipulative financial schemes that did nothing to benefit the host country.
At the last minute I made the decision to go to college. Coming from a single-parent, minority background did not prepare me for some of the financial decisions that came next, and I acquired debt.
This was very early internet days so in exchange for that debt I was lectured about Superfund, our Congress and its composition, and English Literature.
Dissatisfied with everything I'd encountered up until that point, I enlisted in the military. There I watched people scribble racial epithets on bombs and missiles destined to fall on brown people I had never met though I inhabited the waters around their lands.
I heard every promise made by every politician, convincing us that if we just stay the course we could use our military to make a more democratized and civil world.
All of this has, up until this point, largely failed. Sure we aren't extinct, but if that's the measure upon which we gauge the progress of our species then it isn't much at all.
Why do I mention all this?
Through all of these experiences and more, I feel that in many ways my education didn't really start until I finally hit "Buy" and secured some bitcoin for myself.
One Act to Rule Them All
In that one independent act I started something that has become life-changing. No, I'm not a bitcoin billionaire like a Winklevoss and that's fine because that's not the transformation I'm talking about (though I'm sure through hodling I'll feel like a voss one day;).
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt - we're old acquaintances. I spent all of my pre-adult life with them, learning how to work through these emotional states instead of ignoring or railing against them. You could say I was built to hodl bitcoin.
What the Bitcoin brochure doesn't tell you is that, by buying and hodling bitcoin, you're entering into a new phase of your life where economics, finance, marketing, distribution merge with technology and become topics you regularly peruse.
If Bitcoin is changing the world, it's changing us right alongside it... and for the better, for once.
This week my blog will focus on the various ways Bitcoin and bitcoins have changed my life in under two years.
What happened? Well, my brain really wants this knowledge now. More than just for the monetary gain these uncommon skillsets bring, I want to be a part of a positive change. Or at least make CryptoPuppies come to life.
The dream is to help develop anything on Bitcoin, and give back in some way to this beautiful, disorganized mess of a phenomenon that's helping to improve the world, bit by bit.
If you don't have bitcoin but you're reading this on the internet, sure I sound crazy.
But over this week I want to share random observations about how Bitcoin has changed my day-to-day, and I hope you join along.
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