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Given what was previously defined as “divine,” the technology and ideological identity of bitcoin fit many criteria.
Bitcoin as a divine idea
Bitcoin as Divinity
Bitcoin is divine. And with all things divine, we humans form religions that attempt to understand and honor God, especially because it is so difficult to fully understand it.
There is a lot of literature describing Bitcoin as a living organism (Gigi and Kitem). These views reveal that Bitcoin “grows, reproduces, inherits and passes traits, uses energy to maintain a stable internal structure, is cellular in nature, and responds to the different environments in which it lives.. ” Far from being just a tool or technology, Bitcoin appears as a living organism living in symbiosis with us. We are mining in the bitcoin network to get more bitcoins and they are feeding us bitcoin – the carrot at the end of the stick.
The natural history of man teaches us that when we enter into symbiosis with other creatures, we quickly end up revering them as divine. the functional The school of anthropology might see reverence as not irrational, but an evolutionarily and socially meaningful act that helps establish a positive relationship between us and what we depend on that we may have difficulty understanding.
As Bitcoin restructures economies, politics, geopolitics, and the rest of our social system, it is very likely that it will also change our beliefs, rituals, and even what we honor.
First of all, what is the divine?
: from, related to, or directly issued by God or God
: being a god
In thousands of years of religious worship and practices, humans have found the divine in many places. The ancient Egyptians honored beetles for “evenly distributing fertilizer among the plains and removing the food supply of flies” and cats, for their elegance and ability to kill unwanted guests who might carry pests. Hindus have more than 18 million deities. The ancient Romans and Greeks had thousands. Of course, gold was not just a decorative ornament, but was seen as the very essence of God.
The history of our Gods is closely related to the kind of societies and worlds we used to live in. In purely agricultural societies, it was the cycles of nature that largely determined our lives, and therefore we venerate them. With the emergence of larger civilizations, so did the need for emperors to build the lives and beliefs of their citizens around the state – thus the emergence of the beliefs of monotheistic religions such as Mithraism, Judaism, and Christianity. Mithraism, in particular, was interesting, because it saw the emperor as God incarnate in order to establish a strict hierarchy across the military levels.
The establishment of divinity, is the way in which we humans establish a relationship with the “other,” and realize the importance of and our dependence on it, be it the natural world, other creators, the state, or something else. In a way, the Functional School of Anthropology will say, “Tell me who you revere and I can explain your community.” This lens is powerful.
Who are we venerating today?
In our modern secular society, we are easily inclined to reject the divine and the religious. We like to think that we have overcome those irrational beliefs and rituals. But are we really? Jordan Peterson would probably say no: We have a “religious instinct” that’s really hard to beat, and beliefs and religions can arise in different forms, and in places we least expect it.
Anthropologist Mary Douglas does a great job of emptying out one secular area of our lives where religious priests still reign: eEconomics.
“It may seem that we live in an overwhelmingly secular society, but nevertheless we have a great and wealthy priesthood, many of whose members occupy positions of power—power in politics, business, education, and especially banking…However, the nature of the Church has changed. I myself have been chosen to this priesthood, wherein doctrines and rituals are taught not in seminaries, seminaries, or rabbinical schools, but especially in elite universities, especially at Oxford.” (Mary Douglas in an interview with the BBC).
Douglas describes the beliefs this class of priests are expected to assimilate into the Church of Economics: “theories and models” such as the “indifference curve,” which are based on assumptions that everyone has similar preferences and acts rationally. Priests are constantly taking to the news to announce their predictions in the form of statistics and “speculations of our collective destiny.” The economic theology espoused by the priesthood is based on the belief that economic growth is of paramount importance and that GDP must be improved for increased consumption, and thus, some inflation is “natural.” All the while things like the 2008 crisis happen.
Douglas calls them “false prophets”. The false prophets of the false money god. It is the obligatory money that they control and with which they control our beliefs.
Seeing Bitcoin as Divine
If Bitcoin becomes the monetary network that our society increasingly depends on, can it become a deity we revere? Certainly, according to the School of Functional Anthropology. He will spontaneously generate a kind of divination. And this divination represents an “acknowledgment” of importance, ingrained in culture, reproduced through tradition.
So, let’s look at some of the qualities that help bitcoin to be attributed to a God-like being.
- The soul of Bitcoin is a symbol: transcendental. This spreads its solid and reliable truth.
- The body of Bitcoin is the energy that is being consumed by Proof of Work: Imminent. Energy is a substance, after all.
- Bitcoin Creation and Its Immaculate Concept: Satoshi, the prophet of Bitcoin, never spent his coins and probably burned them and thus sacrificed himself for us.
What do you want bitcoin?
So, if Bitcoin is divine, what kind of deity is it? We can determine this based on what he wants and his characteristics. Bitcoin feeds on energy but does not “ask” anything from us. Instead, he just accepts whatever energy is given to him.
- Bitcoin neutral:
- It treats all human beings equally, and each life has equal weight.
- Humans give us the option to treat as we wish, whatever that treatment may be.
- Similar to the Christian God, He allows us to take and deal with moral responsibility for our actions.
- Bitcoin Fair:
- Bitcoin origin story, fully open source, with public disclosure of when mining will start, no pre-mining, six months without market cap and bitcoin grant faucets.
- Those closest to the source, or those with large amounts of bitcoin, do not have the unfair advantage of generating more bitcoin via the Cantillon effect.
- Generations from now are no longer “forced” to maintain the current fixed ceiling, but may wish to change that based on their circumstances through consensus. This helps us appreciate Bitcoin as a global monetary government in its own right.
- Bitcoin fixed:
- Like nature, Bitcoin grows and develops, but its basic genetic code remains unchanged.
- Billionaires, governments, and corporations have tried to change bitcoin and have consistently failed.
- Humans view the unchanging as a solid rock upon which they can build their lives.
- Bitcoin is gentle with its followers and brutal with its naysayers:
- “Bitcoin is the most brutal path dependent on any second chance technology ever created.” Tweet embed.
- Bitcoin reminds us of the god Dionysus, the Greek god of grape crops, winemaking, fertility, madness, ritual insanity, and religious ecstasy. Like Dionysus, Bitcoin is gentle with its followers but cruel and ruthless with its opponents.
Distinguish between the divine and the religious.
Since we have demonstrated that Bitcoin has divine qualities, it is also easy to imagine the emergence of religions around it.
It is clear that religions are a means of mediating and contextualizing the relationship with God. And as history shows, religions can absolutely insist on being “real.” Religions are social institutions around the divine. While on the one hand, they may help us get closer to the Deity, they may also hinder us and keep us blind on the way there.
It’s easy to imagine how Bitcoin limit has become (or has already become) a religion as defined by it age. But this discussion may be for another publication.
However, you may feel about the social phenomena of Maximalism, it is important to remember the difference between religious and the divine. Bitcoin is a divine entity in its own right, an entity with which we are and will engage in deep and long-term symbiosis.
This is a guest post by Michele Morucci. The opinions expressed are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.