"I believe love will overcome all," says John Lennon. "Love will conquer this planet!" says Martin Luther King Jr. "You can't love without loving yourself first," says Arianna Huffington. "Love yourself first and you'll start to love your neighbor, your family, your community, your world." - Oprah Winfrey. Love seems to be in short supply these days. Many of us are overwhelmed by the omnipresence of hate, envy, and anger, often along the fault lines of race, ethnicity, sex, sexuality, and nationality. Can we continue to love if we do not know how to get along with those who disagree with us? What if we live in a world where friends and loved ones can be our enemies? How can we cultivate a healthy, strong relationship to self, and help each other to do the same?
The Blockchain is simply a new form of database, which every computer on earth (with the exception of ones on the moon) is now connected to. A blockchain is a digital ledger of economic transactions that is recorded every 10 minutes and is distributed across many computers. A blockchain doesn't have the same constraints as the current databases that you're familiar with. When you ask a database to do something, the database is restricted by the physical machine that created it. But, on a blockchain, the limitations disappear. This new database has infinite potential and scope, which makes it the perfect platform for empowering anyone to create their own virtual world. Decentralizing Money The blockchain enables a money-less future. Today, cryptocurrency is a trillion-dollar business. For better or worse, money has been moving to crypto from traditional fiat currencies. Americans now own more Bitcoin than gold. But the decentralized blockchain is going to have a much greater impact. Cryptocurrency has the potential to create a universal financial system that is decentralized, transparent, secure, and auditable, and that empowers individuals to take charge of their finances. This financial system could increase prosperity, especially in emerging markets. But the blockchain can do more than improve the lives of individuals, it can change the nature of society itself. It is a tool that can address the world's many problems: climate change, wealth inequality, and education.
Just under thirty years ago, the electronic communication revolution began. An entire generation of workers started making money from their desktops and webpages, which, in the beginning, could barely provide enough of a service to be worth paying for. Today, thanks to human innovation that wave has grown even bigger. Even more astounding is that the software, services, and support for this global network—including the onerous self-promotion and social media, has become almost completely free. Smartphones have empowered us to use the internet to buy and sell directly between each other, and give and receive money securely, peer-to-peer, and effortlessly with just a few clicks.
Self-love can change everything. By developing tools and processes for self-evaluation, deep-fostering and nurture, unconditional positive regard, and direct relationship building, we can overcome all the negative forces that have brought us to our current place in the world and create a new, thriveable reality. Only when we're willing to actually love ourselves and look out for our well-being, both physically and mentally can we create a world of abundant possibilities, universal health, and prosperity.
By loving yourself, you too can change the world.