Bitcoin is a real revolution that will play a decisive role in the world of the future. For its supporters, Bitcoin is the only credible alternative to the current monetary and financial system.
Bitcoiners see themselves as missionaries to facilitate the rise of Bitcoin so that it can fulfill its mission to build a fairer world for all in the future.
The people who benefit most from the current system are logically fiercely opposed to Bitcoin. Politicians, central bankers, and many economists have publicly criticized Bitcoin.
Their goal is to discredit Bitcoin among the general public in order to prevent its mass adoption in the coming years. Unfortunately for them, the Bitcoin revolution has already started. This is an undeniable fact.
And history has shown us that it is not possible to stop a popular revolution in motion.
In what follows, I propose to bring together 6 famous quotes about the revolution to Bitcoin and its history to explain why Bitcoin will succeed in its mission.
#1: “Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson is an American essayist, philosopher and poet. He was the leader of the American transcendentalist movement at the beginning of the 19th century.
He was a keen observer of his time, and his quotes inspired generations in the decades following his time on Earth.
The full quote is as follows:
“Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson explains that every revolution begins in the mind of one man.
Bitcoin was born in the mind of Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin was launched on January 3, 2009, and in the beginning, it was just the culmination of one person’s dream. In the early days of the history of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto was joined by cryptography enthusiasts known as cypherpunks. They were eager to come and test this totally decentralized Peer-to-Peer payment system based on cryptography.
The cypherpunks were then joined by innovators.
And then, the nascent success of Bitcoin is convincing more and more early adopters to come and discover this revolutionary new payment system. So Satoshi Nakamoto has been joined in his dream by a growing number of people. Day after day, more and more people are discovering Bitcoin.
The coming years should see this movement increase as Bitcoin price continues to rise.
This group of people supporting Bitcoin in its revolution should enable it to become a key system of its time, to use Ralph Waldo Emerson’s term.
#2: “You can kill a revolutionary but you can never kill the revolution.” — Fred Hampton
Fred Hampton was an American political activist, member of the Black Panther Party. He was a revolutionary who fought for the civil rights of blacks in the United States.
Fred Hampton was murdered by FBI and Chicago Police Department officers when he was only 21 years old.
Despite his death, the revolution that Fred Hampton had helped to bring about continued, and led to the recognition of black civil rights in the United States. When he explained that it is possible to kill a revolutionary but not a revolution, Fred Hampton was a visionary.
With the Bitcoin he created, Satoshi Nakamoto can be considered a revolutionary. He immediately understood the importance of remaining anonymous in order for Bitcoin to become a leaderless revolution. Thus, Bitcoin became unstoppable. The governments of countries around the world have no one to sue in order to stop Bitcoin’s progress.
The Bitcoin revolution is supported by too many people around the world now to be stopped.
#3: “A failing state cannot stop a revolution whose time has come.” — Ron Paul
Ron Paul is an American politician. He is a member of the Republican Party. When Ron Paul said that sentence, he obviously wasn’t thinking about Bitcoin. Nevertheless, this sentence turns out to explains perfectly well why countries cannot stop Bitcoin.
Countries are failing by supporting an outdated monetary and financial system. This monetary and financial system does not protect people as it should. These failing countries will not be able to stop a revolution such as Bitcoin. The Bitcoin revolution will take its time, but it will come to an end because the countries will have nothing better to offer their populations.
As time goes by, more and more people will be looking to find out how money works. That is a certainty. The more they learn about how money works, the more they will understand that there is something wrong with the current system. They will then look to Bitcoin for a total paradigm shift that better protects them in general.
Their conclusion will be obvious: Bitcoin is the only credible alternative to the current system.
#4: “All revolutions are impossible until they happen. Then they become inevitable” — Albie Sachs
Under the current system, there are three categories of people:
- Some are totally happy with the system and see no reason to change it.
- Some people are unhappy with the system but do not think it can be changed.
- Some are trying to change it, and are convinced that a better solution is possible.
The first two categories of people feel that a system that has been in place for so many years and supported by the world’s major economic powers cannot be replaced.
These people therefore think that the category of those who are trying to build a better solution is that of the fantasists.
To those people who think that Bitcoin is an impossible revolution, the quote from Albie Sachs is there to remind them that a revolution is by nature always impossible, until the day it happens.
Once a revolution occurs, it seems inevitable. A completely decentralized and leaderless Peer-to-Peer payment system such as Bitcoin seemed impossible. At least that’s what we thought before 2009. And after a decade of Bitcoin’s existence, it’s clear that for more and more people the Bitcoin revolution is now inevitable.
Once Bitcoin has completed its revolution, many will probably wonder why it wasn’t done before.
#5: “Revolution is not a one-time event” — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde was an American woman of letters but also an activist committed against racism. As far as revolutions were concerned, Audre Lorde explained very well that a revolution was not a one-time event.
A revolution is something that takes time and happens along the way. For Bitcoin, it’s exactly the same thing.
At its inception, Bitcoin had little support. Very few people thought Bitcoin could become a credible alternative to the current monetary and financial system. And then, by recovering ever stronger from all the difficulties it has had to go through, Bitcoin has convinced more and more people. So the Bitcoin revolution takes time, and that’s a good thing.
To be truly rewarded by the Bitcoin revolution, you’ll need to be patient and resilient like Bitcoin.
#6: “Revolutions never go backward” — Wendell Phillips
Wendel Phillips was an American abolitionist as well as an advocate of Native American rights. He lived in the 19th century. He explained that while revolutions take time and are often very hard, once they are over, there is no turning back from what they brought.
The Bitcoin revolution that is underway will take time, but when it comes to an end, there will be no questioning what it has achieved. Whatever the outcome of the Bitcoin revolution, there will never be a return to what Bitcoin has brought to the world. People who entered Bitcoin after realizing that the current system was not working as it should, will never be able to go back. You never look back when a revolution like Bitcoin opens your eyes.
If Bitcoin is widely adopted by the general public and becomes a unit of account, then there will be no turning back possible.
Bitcoin is a revolution. Whether you’re for or against Bitcoin, you have to admit it. History has shown us that revolutions begin in one man’s mind and then spread to other men.
That is exactly what happens with Bitcoin. Since Bitcoin has no leader, it cannot be stopped. And failing countries won’t be able to stop it. The Bitcoin revolution will take time, but that is normal because revolutions don’t happen in a single day. To those who still believe that replacing the current system is impossible, time will prove that Bitcoin was inevitable when it will have succeeded in its mission.
Finally, never forget that once a revolution such as Bitcoin has started, nothing can stop it, and there is no way to go backward.