Long before the internet, cars, manufactories, and phones a philosopher named Socrates made an astounding observation. In 2 sentences he managed to describe a phenomenon which is still relevant today, 2300+ years later.
“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Socrates (469–399 B.C.)
A quote which has been washed, rinsed and repeated throughout all the centuries by generations from all parts of the world.
The irony of this quote is that the children Socrates described probably grew up and said the same thing about their children. Which most likely means that the generation before Socrates said the same thing about Socrates’s generation. I’m going to put on my cape and be Captain Obvious for a minute to point out the obvious pattern of human thinking.
People always think the next generation is worse than they are. It’s always the next generation that in some ways disagree with the system created by the older generation. The older generation most likely sees this as contempt for authority instead of errors in their own way of handling situations.
Maybe new generations sometimes have bad manners and contempt for authority because they can see the flaws in the old way of handling an issue.
Older people usually get so accustomed to a certain behavior that they seem to think it’s normal. You know, the kind of normal which made it okay:
– for women to not vote
– to have slaves and whip/kill them
– to murder a group for having a different set of beliefs
– deny somebody a chance on the basis of their skin color
I think you get my point.
It’s only now after all these things have been mostly shunned by the global community, that we can look back and say: “that’s batshit crazy!”.
However, back then it was normal.
Which brings us to the next problem…
What is normal now and will be seen as batshit crazy by future generations? Will future generations laugh at us for using and trusting paper money? You see there’s an awesome pattern in human behavior. That’s why a quote from 399 B.C. is still relevant today. We obviously still make the same mistakes in believing that everything will stay the same and that the next generation is crazy. If we’re still making the same mistake from 2300 years ago, I can guarantee you that for the next couple of generations will be making the same mistake.
The reality, however, shows that the past looks nothing like the present and the future will look nothing like the now. Things simply change.
The revolutionary thinkers are the people that are able to see the new normal reality for the next generation(s). They see what future generations will call batshit crazy and start to work towards their new normal.
There’s no magic pill for hindsight. History and the lessons we can learn from it is the closest you can get to escape the obvious hindsight. The faster you figure this out, the sooner you’ll see the patterns.
It’s pretty ignorant to even imagine that there has ever been a perfect generation. Every generation messes something up that the next generation has to fix. It’s the circle of life.
We must look at and learn from history. Without history, people make the same mistake over and over again and believe they’re the first person going through it.
By now you’ve most likely heard about the blockchain or at least bitcoin. This is my introduction post to the new technology which will be implemented in our society in some major ways. I will be writing about all the things I learned and will learn about the blockchain. Hopefully, a couple of years from now, instead of hindsight, we can just say: “I saw that one coming!”
I’ll try to explain the blockchain and cryptocurrencies in my own way backed up by sources so you can research it with me. Hopefully, it inspires you enough to invest more of your time into the next part of human evolution. Without further ado, let’s jump to the first and most obvious question: what is the blockchain?