(Preface: While this work touches upon my expertise, it is by no means a sales piece, but a work to suggest the best means to design and use the Blockchain in the most beneficial manner for every fellow member of our global community, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, social standing, mentality, sexual preference, or education level. From where we obtain the means to do so is irrelevant, as long as we obtain it.)
Global paradigm shifts that topple how the world lives come only once in several generations. We are now living in the historic times of one of the most powerful and significant shifts in human history – the advent of the Blockchain. This powerful tool for humanity will reset entire institutions, systems, and entire ways of living, for both the elite, the everyday worker, and the underprivileged.
However, at this moment of the Blockchain’s potential, the danger of designing and using limited systems of the Blockchain that lead to severely limited benefits is very real. Such a sentiment is repeatedly addressed amongst many technical and non-technical professionals and academics in the Blockchain industry. This limitation revolves around humans’ own rigid mindsets and inability to see things properly and fully across landscapes. Making things worse is humans’ difficulty in understanding magnitudes vastly different from what they experience in everyday life. These limitations of mindsets have led, and can again lead, to short-sighted and damaging systems created and used in society. They have also led, and can again lead, to social, gender, and racial exclusion, as well as famine, illiteracy, and other ill-fated outcomes.
The Blockchain is another tool for society which has the power to tremendously benefit, limit, or harm it, or, at least, large portions of it. As with all powerful inventions come powerful capabilities for both good and evil. Some examples of humans’ historical inventions used for both good and evil are:
- Carpentry tools
- Construction equipment
- Military vehicles
- Cell phones
- The Internet
- Credit/Debit cards
The Blockchain is, and will be, another historical invention. In fact, it may be even more powerful than any of the above. Some Blockchain experts profess it will impact people greater than the Internet has. This is because the Blockchain may infiltrate every aspect of life (education, finance, stock market, defense, law enforcement, healthcare, etc.) for almost every human on the planet. This includes those who choose to live “off-grid”. It has the innate ability to tremendously benefit people, or tremendously harm and even destroy people via deliberate or accidental actions of other people, or even of (AI) computer systems. At this point in our technological evolution, we would do well to recall the words of Edmund Burke and Stan Lee regarding our responsibility to great power:
“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”
“With great power there must also come great responsibility!”
Now that our global society faces such an awesome power, how can we ensure the Blockchain is used in the most beneficial and greatest manner possible? The answer is simple. We cannot ever do so. The Blockchain will be designed in a limited manner which will grow larger and stronger with time and many revisions. Unless the designers, implementers, the public-at-large possess a vision and thinking foundation that can see things in their entirety and from vantage points that are deep, wide, and far-reaching, the design and use of the Blockchain will greatly be inhibited and slowed, even if it seems to be uninhibited and quick. This will be because those advancing this technology will blind to its full potential, due to their limiting mindset. Just as a successful person earning $100,000 USD annually is limited by her/his mindset which “only” brings her/himself $100,000 USD annually, while a successful person earning $1,000,000 USD annually is able to do so due to a completely different and more advanced vision and level of thinking.
Unfortunately, this limitation of the mindset affects almost every human ever born, currently living, and yet to live on this planet. It forces people to remain far from their full potential of seeing issues and opportunities that surround them. Even the most successful “out-of-the-box” thinkers are only able to see things slightly better than others. This is because they are not learning and practicing the strategies that force a perpetual resetting of their mindsets. They are not living these strategies that grant them an ever-evolving vision to see across landscapes in their business and personal lives. Such an ability would help overcome limitations of the mindset and welcome in advances in the Blockchain would otherwise remain invisible. This ability would provide a tremendously more beneficial design and use of the Blockchain. Such a Blockchain would lead to the battling of issues that limit and damage the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
For the benefits of perpetually growing in our self-development, possessing the proper and full vision to see what truly surrounds us, and continually resetting our mindsets, it would be wise to heed the enlightening words inscribed over the ancient Greek Temple at Delphi:
In regards to the Blockchain, to heed these words would show us our cognitive limitations so we can divorce ourselves from our current mindsets so we can see the full potential, design possibilities, and beneficial uses of the Blockchain not only for a certain company or industry, but also for those who cannot speak for themselves; for those who are underrepresented; for those who are voiceless in this crucial part of our advancement but whose lives will still be forever changed and affected by this massive technology.
Due to the overwhelming potential and power of the Blockchain, the ancient Greek phrase has perhaps never before been more valuable and relative. To come to terms with what we know of our limited, biased, locked, and rigid mindsets would be the single greatest step in changing them. In fact, it would be unwise to unleash such a globally-influential technology within any species which has a limited mindset overall. Without knowing thyself, and resetting oneself, any designs and uses of the Blockchain created by a limited person would only lead to limited results – however grand they may seem. Such results will help to hinder the full capacity of the Blockchain. Whatsmore, such mindsets creating those results will be unable to foresee results that can harm certain groups of people across the world.
While some results of limited design and implementation of the Blockchain that cause harm to people will be obvious, other results will not be as obvious. Nonetheless, both groups of results will hold our global society from achieving the Blockchain’s full benefits possible. Such a thing can be damaging to people across countries and industries. Below are a few somewhat comical illustrations that relay this point of not using something to its fullest potential.
- Lamborghinis used solely for the purpose of delivering groceries to customers whilst always driving the car at the legal speed limit
- NASA shuttles solely used to transport passengers from their homes to a local neighborhood festival 5 miles (~8 km) away whilst always driving the shuttle at the legal speed limit
- The massive 8,073 mile (12,993 km) fast-paced Autobahn motorway in Germany solely used for training people how to drive a car and obtain their license
- A quantum computer used by a child solely to play Candy Crush
- A nobel laureate of mathematics giving up her/his expertise and lifework solely to teach adding (arithmetic) and “take away” (subtraction) to four-year-olds for the remaining thirty years of her/his life
- A five-year-old computer programming prodigy being disciplined each time s/he interacts with a computer and being trained for a career as a Ballroom Dancing instructor
While these examples are somewhat comical, they symbolize the effects of not using something to its fullest potential. Designing and using the Blockchain in such limited ways would indeed be very damaging to a great many people across the world. And in these times of such elevated interest in global humanity as seen via unified protests, speeches, and marches, allowing such a thing would be an undoing of our efforts to some degree.
If we desire to advance as an undivided global society that cares for right over wrong, that seeks the best solutions for living holistically with the planet and technology, that has the best intentions for our fellow people across this planet, we must do all to ensure maximum positive treatment of each other without leaving any child, ethnicity, or social status behind. We therefore must be active members in cultivating and perpetuating an ever-growing sense of self-development that leads to grander vision and thinking patterns for the benefit of our worldwide community. For not doing so would lead to the silent acceptance of society’s cognitive limitations. In regards to the Blockchain, it would lead to the creation and use of it by and for those in control of its design and implementation, i.e. not the public-at-large, not the underrepresented, not those who cannot speak for themselves. For this reason, it would be wise for us to recall a different caution from Edmund Burke:
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Doing nothing to avoid any limited, or negative Blockchain impact on society would be grossly irresponsible as a globally-united people. Creating and dropping such a vast technology onto society without having the capability to completely see its short and long-term benefits and dangers first would be similar to the very same thing that was done during the creation and dropping of the atomic bomb on July 16, 1945. This point is based on a similar one addressed by the late Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer’s emotional and teary-eyed interview after he spearheaded the world’s first atomic bomb creation and use:
“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the prince that he should do his duty; and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says:
‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’
I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”
-Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer
The power and full potential of the Blockchain grander than we can comprehend right now due to its unprecedented nature and our rigid mindsets which keep us stuck in habits of limited functionality. For this reason, the most responsible and preparatory action possible is a cognitive revamp. It is a resetting of our mindsets that will grant us the ability to step back and properly see the seemingly endlessly spectrum of the Blockchain, from the positive to the negative. This will allow us the best ability to design and implement the most globally efficient, powerful, beneficial, all-encompassing and all-reaching uses of it for everyone. This includes the technical and non-technical experts, the business executives and the unemployed, the primary school teachers and university professors, the fully-nourished families, and the starving single parents and children, and everyone else I forgot here, and everyone else you are forgetting, and everyone else who will be forgotten if we do not give ourselves the ability to see that full spectrum of the Blockchain; of how it can be that true global paradigm shift that topples how the world lives by empowering its developers and implementers to see and think how they never could see and think before.
Thanks to the talented photographer Francisco Gomes (https://www.facebook.com/piptography)