Bitcoin offers freedom in a world of slavery by design

The freedom forged by Bitcoin is unique to a decentralized network that doesn’t belong to anyone.

Nature lives in decentralization. In the case of centralization, we only saw masks; we’ve only seen villains deceiving fools; Charlatans who come to governments for money, who send men to war to raid their fridges with impunity, who plunge them into poverty through taxes, loans and debt, and who force them to pay their bills when they get it allow them to continue walking on earth. That’s centralization: a lot of smoke and lies mix in the same furnace, the flame of which is kept burning by the politician who thinks that people are not worthy to govern themselves. In his opinion, this happiness is reserved for small tribes that hide between jungle and mountains, like animals that hide from civilized societies, but are discovered, colonized and exterminated by them in the long run.

If it is unusual for a politician to wield power without corruption, it is even more unusual for a politician to wield power without centralization, especially when there is some kind of decentralization like Bitcoin that bases its transparent and immutable government on mathematics, and as such, is already ripe and strong enough to be ashamed of being dependent on a government that is not interested in the advancement of mankind. Let us remember, of course, that good inventions were never made with prior government approval, starting with the alphabet, which had to be the first tacit agreement – or social contract – between peoples just before merchants invented the money to represent the value of Food, housing, or gender. The great inventions have always been decentralized, and in order to function they never needed the permission of a human committee, as did the most nefarious ones, such as religion, politics, and armed armies that were just born to satisfy the desire for rule by the centralized forces. For this very reason, it is difficult to understand how people today believe they have any voice when it is clear that they have long since fallen into the hands of the tyranny of centralization and a government from which they are completely excluded with their work and to do what they want their money, to watch over them how they want, where they want and how they want, and to tell them without shame:

“He who is a skilled custodian of a thing is also skilled at stealing it.” – Plato, “Republic I”, 334b

The only Heracles against the economic and government monsters of this world is Bitcoin with all its “decentralized” weapons, which are of no use to any bee without first helping the swarm, and which value human privacy so that everyone can wear the Helm of Hades. The blockchain as a science related to privacy, of course, does not have complete transparency; if so, not only would its security be endangered, but also its immutability, because it would enable exactly what led to its creation: excessive state surveillance, an abusive interference with individual freedoms justified in defense of collective freedoms, more inequality, much more corruption and everything that is in direct contradiction to Bitcoin’s philosophy.

Secrecy, at least in the Bitcoin blockchain, is not an obvious duty, but one of their main rights, as in it the word “privacy” is synonymous with “freedom” and the collective benefit is not achieved at the expense of sacrificing any individual inclination. The primary purpose of Bitcoin, like any innovation, is to leave beings in the world freer than we were in it, so that anyone who wants to achieve a certain goal also has the means to achieve it, and as little as possible dependent on others, spends his days practicing whatever art he considers himself capable of and, above all, without having to give up his freedom in return for a mere illusion of legality.

“Truly, nature leaves us free and liberated, but we bind ourselves, we restrict ourselves, we lock ourselves in, we reduce ourselves to the small and small.” – Plutarch, “Moralia”, 601c

Unfortunately, freedom is so much hated in overly centralized epochs that all of its psychology seems to be aimed at belittling and slandering it, which leads to the fact that today man is as bad as free, that he even feels free and in the world acts as a slave. In any case, free means, not moved or forced, without coercion: the mere fact of being able to turn your own life into an experiment without the permission of a man, an institution or a government. Perhaps all people would be free and equal if they had no needs, but as long as misery subordinates some people to others, as long as they act out of strict necessity and not by virtue of their freedom, as long as few of them belong to themselves and others must belong to their possessions will be counted as long as, say, dependency and inequality persist and slavery will be a very real calamity.

And yes, it is true, we know that man today enjoys much more freedom compared to other times, and that the slave who kissed the same hand at night that slapped him on the back during the day is now a thing of the past; But we are far from believing, as the progress addicts believe, that man of this time is completely free from birth, an impartial child of the universe who goes out to sea without a single wave pushing him back from the port. A man who focuses his financial freedom on increasing debt – and fails to realize that the worst condition is one who has nothing that really belongs to him – cannot be free at all, for he contemplates the ideal of freedom in its simplest and caricatured form. Such a person judges freedom not by what he can but by what he can endure even in the worst of need, and believes that the fact that he has no master is enough to claim that he has doesn’t live as a slave. Such a person makes it a destiny to serve his whole life, provided he is allowed to say that he loves his freedom with idolatry: for he can say that because he is free he would serve God if the devil ordered it to himself; but although he does not like the yoke and says he hates it, he knows very well that he must carry it.

“No matter how much your name may bother you, you are a slave and not to a single man; rather, you will be inexorably enslaved to many and, bowing your head like a worker, you will toil for insulting wages from sunrise to sunset.” . “- Lucian,” On Paid Posts in Large Houses “(” The Dependent Scholar “), 23

On the other hand, it is surprising how many emphatic speeches against slavery were given among the ancient Greeks and Romans at all times, but it is even more surprising to note that these peoples have less than a third of the slaves that Europeans and North Americans have today. Today’s masters of the earth are content to assume that without the adventure of Babel the whole world would speak English today. They are our great democrats, but they cannot tolerate the idea that their regulatory policies are evading something, much less that people are inventing and using things that make the earthly existence of their bureaucrats unnecessary. Freedom is only freedom when they want it, not when others want it, and what they have achieved with much effort and sacrifice, with much less effort and with great difficulty, they have to forbid it again and again. Anything that they have not approved is a moral evil, a criminal act arising out of the freedom that man has allowed himself to be abused, and must therefore be harmful to the rest of society, which it gives them through obedience and thought must give thanks as it has been taught to obey and to think.

“Freedom recruits apostles; / But I don’t follow any of them; the rough game / I know it all too well; Everyone wants / Freedom for their own benefit. / Do you really want to free your neighbor? / Start by serving him .. . this is the way.” – Goethe, “Epigrams”, 50.

Anyway, the truth is that those of us who trust the Bitcoin idea have heard a lot about the freedom of others, but we don’t believe that there is anyone on earth who forged one like ours. We know that any price paid for freedom is a good price, that the freest person is the one who has the greatest relative independence from his powers, that he is the one who lives and desires and best best nourished, the one who is best, most detached from himself and renewed. Because we have learned over time to want what we want, today we live the way we want and discover every day that we barely have two seconds in life and that it is not worth putting under your feet to creep a government. If we are to be judged, we think, be it because we have sought freedom without rest; because he only looked for what was just and beautiful in life and pursued it to the best of his knowledge. What future life could we have achieved for ourselves had we continued to live this life for others? Is there any more dishonorable slavery than voluntary slavery? Can one achieve anything without first untying and liberating the mind; without doing anything necessary to unleash it?

“The mind is naturally free, not a slave: it only does well what it does for itself and at will.” – Schopenhauer, “The world as will and imagination”, supplements, I, 7.

This is a guest post by Anderson Benavides Prado. The opinions expressed are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.

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