Bitcoin is the tragedies of your bloodline's past


8 months ago by phoenix

In this post I wish to expand a bit on one of the previous ones relating to how Bitcoin will influence our distant progeny.

How people have learned through the ages, how morals and ethics have been passed down through generations. For the biggest part of humanity that transference was oral, through stories, narrations. Plays are an extension of that art form, but the original goal was to make better people of us, and help us learn through what happened to the heroes of the stories.

Aristotle puts it in his Poetics :

“Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is admirable, complete (composed of an introduction, a middle part and an ending), and possesses magnitude; in language made pleasurable, each of its species separated in different parts; performed by actors, not through narration; effecting through pity and fear the purification of such emotions.”

Nietzsche mostly agreed with him on this front in his “Die Geburt der Tragödie aus dem Geiste der Musik“ :

“ an art form that transcended the pessimism and nihilism of a fundamentally meaningless world. The Greek spectators, by looking into the abyss of human suffering and affirming it, passionately and joyously affirmed the meaning of their own existence. They knew themselves to be infinitely more than petty individuals, finding self-affirmation not in another life, not in a world to come, but in the terror and ecstasy alike celebrated in the performance of tragedies. “

This could give us some insight on how much we’re influenced, affected by and molded by the stories happening around us. I argue that we are primed to learn from them, since ancient times, and we’re primed to teach by them.

Who better to tell you stories about the connection to your past than your own bloodline ? Who better to learn from, than the heroes and villains in our own past, the very people we carry within us and are a continuation of?

If everything progressively gets on chain, and is then decrypted or de-hashed sometime in the distant future, some algorithm could assemble the bits and pieces of a person’s everyday interactions, his spending habits, his choices, his influences, his actions through the interaction with his devices, to piece-by-piece create a coherent sequence of events, a story out of all the data of your existence and interactions with the world. Probably not perfect, but if everything is reachable on chain, then it should suffice to produce some improving semblance of who we were and what we were all about.

Barring metaphysics, and the potential of our intangible spiritual personal experiences, we could argue that once we’re no longer present, we’re little more than the things we’ve left behind, in people’s mind, in our work and our actions as we stumble blindfolded in the dark corridors of this life. That’s the stuff and the matter of our individual bead in the tapestry.

What will be left of us to say we were, back to where it all begun ?