To me, Bitcoin represents the chance for the frequent particular person to take again sovereignty in a time of vanishing freedoms and rising dependence. However, that understanding took a few years of exploring and curiosity to discover. I approached Bitcoin from technical and monetary views, dug into the historical past of cash, and skim bundles of arcane economics papers that each one contributed to this concept of Bitcoin and its impression.
Bitcoin grew sooner and additional than I ever imagined. Given how lengthy it took for it to “click” for me personally, I would like to discover out what is bringing folks to Bitcoin and the way this motion is rising organically. In addition, I would like to share these tales with you and your family and friends, as a result of I imagine these views have the potential to resonate with others earlier in their Bitcoin journey. These tales are finest instructed and heard in particular person, after a handshake.
How will I hear these tales? By happening tour.
What Is The Bitcoin Tour?
To hear how folks are falling down the rabbit gap, I’ll go to Bitcoin meetups throughout the U.S. this yr, ranging from Bitcoin 2022 in Miami. I’m driving the last word freedom machine — a Harley Davidson motorbike — to see the nation from the bottom.
As I go to the numerous Bitcoin meetups sprouting up throughout the nation, I’ll hear about and share the myriad methods all of us come to recognize Bitcoin. My objective is on your family and friends to see these tales and discover only one that resonates with them, that reveals them how Bitcoin may assist clear up an issue they care about. Swan Bitcoin will host these tales on its YouTube channel, and I’ll share them on Twitter.
If you need to share your story, let me know the place you attend your native Bitcoin meetup and I’ll strive to make it there. If you set up an everyday Bitcoin meetup in your space, positively direct message me on Twitter. You can see the tough plan for my route across the U.S. on this article beneath.
Why This Tour Exists
This tour is ostensibly about sharing how folks come to discover and recognize Bitcoin — however my motivation runs a lot deeper. Let me try to share why:
Risk makes life attention-grabbing.
We marvel at Evil Knievel, revere mountain climbers, observe entrepreneurs partly as a result of all of those folks take large dangers. They put careers, reputations, limbs and even life on the road to discover the uncharted and make the map for all of us. All of our nice tales observe the arc of a hero reckoning with obstacles each inside and with out, not the humdrum of every day life. On some degree, we are attracted to and amazed by taking large dangers to discover the unknown.
My motivation behind this tour is deeply rooted in an exploration of danger and the unknown. I really like driving bikes partially as a result of the danger brings a rush that can not be captured on a web page. I would like to go to meetups and study from Bitcoiners as a result of I’ve actually little or no concept of what I’ll study or how, however I do know I’ll discover a method to hear and share unbelievable tales. I give up a secure job to go on this tour as a result of I wished to see what the danger of taking just a few months to journey throughout the U.S. might reveal in my life.
Taking on sponsors for the tour additionally introduces a danger that I might let these sponsors down. I made a decision early on to solely work with corporations that I respect and individuals who I like. I might moderately experience fully alone dime than promote that freedom to somebody I detest working with. Working with groups I respect, nonetheless, pushes this tour to locations it might by no means go if it was simply me and a motorbike. I owe an enormous thanks to these sponsors for believing in my tour and this imaginative and prescient: Swan Bitcoin, Bitcoin Magazine, Unchained Capital and Upstream Data.
Risk And Reward
Risk additionally comes with reward for many who navigate efficiently. Facing the unknown and figuring out it one step at a time is on the root of why I set out on this Bitcoin Tour. I reside for these experiences.
I imagine most everybody finds pleasure in these sorts of experiences, but it surely is additionally simple to keep away from them altogether. Our societies right now — particularly within the “developed” world — don’t assist. We are pushed to work more durable and longer for much less, then soothe ourselves with menus of on-demand leisure, meals, pre-packaged “experiences” and all different method of predictable dopamine releases. Risk and exploring the unknown is discouraged from many angles, despite the fact that it invigorates us and drives wholesome, joyful societies. I hope my tour can encourage others to take the dangers they’ve been mulling.
Risk And Freedom
Risk additionally comes hand in hand with freedom. Life is inherently a dangerous enterprise, requiring private duty to survive and thrive. Throughout historical past, societies have used controls and rules to change how their residents view and work together with dangers. However sturdy the rule of human regulation, nonetheless, we can not eradicate the dangers inherent to pure regulation. Often after we try to eradicate a danger arising from the pure world, we solely kick it off into the long run.
Risk And Bitcoin
Our present monetary and financial system doesn’t eradicate the dangers of a credit-based forex with bailouts and rules, however as an alternative pushes them off — permitting them to fester and develop. This fixed kicking of the can down the street is the “fiat mentality.” Looked at by this lens, different “crypto coins” are merely a continuation of the present system: a repackaging of fiat mentality in fancy world salads and glossy JPEGs.
The incentives of Bitcoin’s system level to a special period, one the place dangers and rewards are extra evenly distributed to those that select to take them on. The army aggression, controls and taxation methods are not obligatory for the aim of backstopping the legitimacy of currencies, and the nice energy managing a forex provides a authorities. Neither will the norm proceed to be countless inflation in a time of staggering productiveness good points from know-how.
It is no shock that many label Bitcoin as dangerous, as a result of Bitcoin is altering our relationship to danger. Bitcoin will pressure an finish to a system that incentivizes coverage makers and the general public to delay and bottle up dangers till they explode catastrophically.
In my view, Bitcoiners sharply perceive danger and its relationship to freedom, to private duty and to dwelling out a rewarding life. This tour will assist me check this concept, to study extra about how those that help Bitcoin perceive these relationships and share that information in a relatable method.
The Bitcoin Tour Route
Now that the weighty stuff is over, it’s down to the place the rubber meets the street: the route.
After departing from Miami, I plan to experience up and across the U.S. for 3 months, logging over 10,000 miles within the saddle. The first leg of the journey will cowl Texas and the South up to the Eastern Seaboard, and those dates are more or less set. The second leg of the journey will take the tour throughout the Northeast and thru the Midwest, ending up in Colorado in late June. The remaining leg goes down to the Southwest, then up by the Rockies and alongside the Pacific coast to finish in Los Angeles.
Here’s what this route appears to be like like all mapped out (consider, this is not set in stone):
Participating In The Bitcoin Tour
If you’d like to share your story, be part of me for a experience or simply study what I’m studying as I cross the U.S., observe me on Twitter @CaptainSiddH and be part of the tour’s Telegram. If you’d like to help the tour financially, you’ll be able to donate sats through this Tallycoin fundraiser.
Whoever you are, pricey reader, I’m psyched to meet you at your native Bitcoin meetup. Keep stacking and I’ll see you quickly. You may simply snag one of many 21 hats I’ll be giving out at stops along the way.
This is a visitor publish by Captain Sidd. Opinions expressed are completely their personal and don’t essentially replicate these of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.