In a previous article, I argued that Bitcoin provides society with the strongest possible truth-based foundation to build on and, therefore, its widespread adoption is necessary for life on earth to take its next step. great leap forward. I believe that this leap forward will be driven primarily by strengthening human relationships, thus resulting in a stable matrix of minds bound by a reliable consensus. This mental matrix in its fullest form will be analogous to how gravity weaves all matter and provides the stable conditions for the evolution of complex life.
Bitcoin is the inter-universal constant that the human beehive mind has been looking for since we separated from the apes several hundred thousand years ago. It is the constant necessary for the construction of a global and timeless human civilization. Its closest correlate in the physical domain is the gravitational constant of classical physics known as the Big G, or 6.674 × 10−11 m3⋅kg − 1⋅s − 2. The large G or “gravitational constant” is the force that binds all matter to all other matter. One striking thing to consider is that there is literally a gravitational pull between all physical things. Your little finger feels the pull of Pluto and Alpha Centauri feels the pull of your big toe. Each atom is sovereign in itself and is affected by gravity, but also emanates from gravity for all other atoms.
Okay, but what do we mean by “inter-universal?” To paraphrase Walt Whitman, “the human mind is a universe unto itself (I contain multitudes)”. Although our inner worlds are incredibly large, we can nonetheless sense the limits and wonder what lies on the other side. Looking into my wife’s eyes, the black holes in her pupils look both familiar and alien. How not to wonder what is happening at the bottom of these ink wells? What does it make of to be someone else? You can never really know. Each human spirit is therefore distinct and sovereign, but also isolated in a tragic way. The human mind longs for connection, it longs to know that it is not alone and that reality is not just its own elaborate hallucination. A strong bond with another person not only improves isolation, but also broadens one’s own horizons by bringing the mind into contact with all of another person’s incongruities. These new ideas now have the potential to expand or transfigure one’s own mental landscape. This is what drives our social instinct.
Society can therefore be seen as a set of personal universes that are connected in a meaningful way. You could say that the degree of interpersonal connection is also the degree to which a society can be said to exist. Connections require bridges. The bridges that are built between human minds are love and consensus. Loving someone is like opening a Lightning channel where loving care is the currency (and like the Lightning Network’s liquidity, it can go one way). Consensus (like validation) is an overlap of mental states that allows separate minds to temporarily feel a shred of oneness. Agreement on something, no matter how trivial, is the recognition of a certain similarity between two sovereign spirits. It is a confirmation that you are not alone and it opens the possibility of collaboration thus extending the personal capacities of each one. It is the foundation on which trade and entire economies are built and the source from which much of the world’s wealth derives. The deal can be gold. But it can also be fragile, just like love.
Today’s fractured world makes it clear that even the strongest institutions, which are really just large conglomerates of consensus, can fail. Institutions such as democracy, religion, the press, the health system, the education system and the “free market” exhibit the same fragility as individual relationships. Bridges of connection are built and disappeared. They are ephemeral. This too should pass. Love, trust and agreement can be broken and lost; sending us back to more isolated and therefore less capable states.
In many ways, the story of history has been the history of mankind striving to build a more elaborate and robust connective tissue between human minds; to fill the lonely multitudes. But alas, there has never been a universal bridge or a universal constant of human connectivity from which to build these bridges. So far, there have only been localized versions prone to failure and erosion; unable to achieve a speed of escape on a global and timeless scale. These local bridges allow one person to love another and groups of people to temporarily get along on things, even cosmic things such as life, death, and the afterlife. But as the scale of these bridges increases in both time and space, their stability decreases until a breaking point is reached. None are universally stable.
Let us again compare the human beehive spirit with its many ephemeral connections to the physical realm. If gravity were localized in the same way, it would be like a universe in which the gravitational constant would only extend for a few square kilometers or a handful of years before decaying and changing. This kind of flow would prevent complex life from forming and thriving. Everything you see around you would turn into chaotic gaseous sludge. There would be no stars or planets. No puddles or oceans from which life could develop.
Our human world suffers from a similar state of instability. Who owes what? What is fair? When value is created, can it flow freely like a river and basin in the deeper areas? Can its stewards rely on its properties and scale to undertake long-term projects of great complexity and transcendent value? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Bitcoin is, however, a universal constant for human connectivity. It is the same for everyone everywhere and it is likely to persist for a very long time. No one can take my bitcoin. No one can dilute it. No one can stop me from sending it to anyone in the world. Each transaction is based on the rock-solid consensus of the network, but also on the voluntary consensus between the two parties to the transaction. For the first time, we have a consensus mechanism that exists beyond the scope of individual human interference and therefore maximizes interpersonal consensus. Bitcoin aligns incentives and grows out of adversity in a way that generates an ever greater bedrock of truth. Human spirits, like matter bound by gravity, now have foolproof bridges to all other human spirits that exist and potentially to all human spirits that already to exist. We can now project our worth and values with higher fidelity than ever before. Transferring its energy and life force into the Bitcoin network therefore helps move human enterprise into a realm where gravity exists, where engineering principles allow for solid construction, and where human connections can grow stronger and proliferate.
Gravity has given us galaxies, stars, planets, and life in the physical realm. Bitcoin may enable a similar emerging majesty in the more abstract realm of the human beehive mind. May we use this new power to enhance human flourishing and advance this common project called civilization. May we use the growing mental matrix created by Bitcoin as the basis for building a more beautiful world.
This is a guest post from Fangorn. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.