Issue #11 - The One Thing We Can Do To Maximize the Human Experience
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"The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself." - Carl Sagan
When I first heard this quote, I was stopped dead in my tracks.
I'd never thought about consciousness in this way. As we are part of the universe, our consciousness is a way for the cosmos to experience itself.
This is fascinating! Before consciousness, there was nothing cognitively experiencing this universe. Nobody was standing in contemplation or questioning, "why?"
Everything just happened.
Rather than simply living for the sake of living, the dawn of consciousness allowed us to think outside ourselves. To look to the future and learn from the past.
Before consciousness, everything was at the whim of our environment and uninhibited evolution.
But... that all changed the moment consciousness arose.
Suddenly, conscious beings were capable of governing their own evolution. Through consciousness, we could now change the natural tendencies of our genetic future.
We were capable of making tools. With tools, we mastered fire, and with fire, we could now cook our food.
By cooking our food, we had access to more readily available calories, giving us more time to focus on survival. As a result, our genetic makeup adapted to our newly created environment.
We cannot ignore the unfathomable change brought about by consciousness, such as harnessing tools and fire.
This leads me to...
Insightful content which made me go, hmm...
The same day I heard the above quote, I had just finished reading "Money Messiah" by John Vallis. This idea of consciousness, alongside money, got me thinking:
"How can we maximize the human experience?"
This is what came up...
If we step back and think about what consciousness is, it is an evolutionary survival mechanism. It allows us to be decisive. To choose what is most valuable at this moment in time.
With this in mind, if we want to maximize survival, we must maximize our decision-making. To maximize our decision-making, we must see reality as it is. Only then will our decisions reflect reality maximizing our chance of survival.
So the big question is, what is our most accurate and valuable data stream if we want to see reality as it is?
After a bit of thought, I settled on time.
Time is the most valuable resource we have, as it is finite. We only have so much time in our lives, let alone in our day.
Because of the scarcity of time, we are incredibly conscious about how we choose to spend that time.
You may prioritize baking and crafts, while I consider books and intellectual pursuits to be of greater value.
Although where we spend our time differs from person to person, one thing is for sure. We never direct our time toward something that does not offer us value.
Visualizing how people spend their time would give us insight into where to direct our energy to create value.
However, with time being unmonitored and therefore challenging to measure, we must look at ways to indirectly measure what people value and where they spend their time.
Luckily for us, that data feed exists. That data feed is our money.
When we go to work, we are renumerated by our time spent in the form of money. For us to obtain money, we must expand time.
With this in mind, you can think of this money as a method of storing time, time that can be spent in the future on whatever it is that we value.
But as with any data feed, it can be corrupted.
When central banks and governments intervene, they alter the natural flow of money. They prevent it from going where it wants to go.
Such is the case with modern-day fiat.
Fiat falls short in offering accuracy as to what society values. This intervention muddies the water as to humanity's real wants and needs, inhibiting effective economic decision-making for the betterment of humanity.
Is there another option?
I thought you'd never ask...
Sound money. Money that cannot be co-opted, money that requires no trusted third parties or permission to use, illuminates our natural value hierarchies. It gives us access to uninterrupted, uncensorable information in the form of price.
If building off erroneous or inaccurate data can be detrimental, then I am sure we can agree that building off a solid foundation, one that is immune to intervention, is a way to maximize accuracy and bring clarity to the human experience.
To summarize, money is a universal mechanism for communication. It gives us insight into value hierarchies. To corrupt our money is to impact our most valuable data stream and humanity's ability to make informed decisions.
If you haven't yet explored Bitcoin, the soundest of all sound monies, hopefully, this little post may be that necessary spark of motivation.
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