Inspirational Bytes: No Leaders, We are the Masters of Ourselves
I wanted to start a column where I post shorter articles of whatever is on my mind. Just mind snacks. Hors d'oeuvre for the soul.
(Being an avid writer, a "short" post is challenging, but I will try!)
I surround myself with the Bitcoin Cash and libertarian community on Twitter everyday, so naturally, the concept of freedom and liberty is constantly in my mind, and is very important to me. Around these ideas come some philosophical fights with other minds, and some questions to myself.
It would be very easy to point out and judge others when their train of thought is distant from my own. I try to refrain from judging them personally (sometimes it doesn't work either, I am human), but I do try to judge concepts. Especially when it comes to freedom and liberty, it is very important to have mutually agreed, fundamentally stable concepts, if we are ever to achieve this degree of freedom.
But, as a person holding myself to high standards (and failing in my own eyes too, time and time again), the meticulous standard I expect of others seems not human. Humans are malleable. Being flawed is part of humanity. When we raise up these lofty and morally important goals like truth, freedom, and liberty, some people bend.
"This one cryptocurrency isn't as libertarian as (this other one) but it was the thing that was available, so he used it" someone responded to me. I find it hard to digest that liberty is on a sliding scale. When it comes to currency, I would think anything with embedded "masters", or "pre-mined coins" that the founders get, that doesn't sound like liberty, but just another money system with masters.
I cannot reconcile things like that with the absolute purity to which I hold ideals, but I absolutely empathize with the malleability that is basically beaten into us as humans. We start pure and just, willing to stand up for every single thing we feel is right. As we suffer the hard-knocks of life, this attitude becomes more mellow in many: An easy life becomes more comfortable, more attractive, more attainable.
But at some point, we must choose to master ourselves, or be driftwood on a turbulent sea. At some point, we must anchor ourselves and lift our heads out of the water, and breath. If you almost drown, you fight harder. You feel your life the most when it is hardest. Keep the spirit you gain from that, and lift yourself further.
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