When someone is first learning about bitcoin, It's common to hear one say that they are Falling Down the Rabbit Hole. Reluctant new users often times spend months and sometimes even years absorbing as much information as possible before eventually making their first purchase. And while this can certainly be applied to any topic or interest one finds themselves entangled with, there are certain characteristics that come with falling down the bitcoin rabbit hole that that give this journey a tad more gravity, and feel a bit more psychedelic in nature.
But what is the psychedelic experience? Like bitcoin, it can be tough to encapsulate such a complex experience into a neat and concise definition. For many, the experience itself goes far beyond the signature visual hallucinations that are often depicted in pop culture. Participants often report that during the peak of the experience they are able to escape the Freudiuan definition of "I" and separate themselves from their ego completely. This so called "ego death" gives participants a newfound freedom that allows them to observe the fabric of reality and their own mind, allowing one the freedom to parse their own belief system, easily able to identify which patterns of behavior are genuine, and which ones have nearly been inherited from their personal upbringing, or society itself.
It is for this reason that Psychedelics have historically accompanied revolutions. As we saw in the counter cultural movement of the 60s, the adoption of psychedelic drugs went hand in hand with a major shift in society. Through thousands of individual experiences we collectively opened our minds to new possibilities, shed our outdated cultural values and belief systems of the the 1950s, and ushering in a new era of culture values and societal norms.
Like psychedelics, bitcoin is a tool for humanity prosperity and freedom.
The journey many bitcoiners take is very similar to the psychedelic experience. Previously held beliefs regarding economics, social coordination, and the concept of money itself dissolve away when presented with a new paradigm. Since money is so directly tied to our sense of worth and overall stability, this can be an incredible difficult barrier to overcome. And while there are certainly examples of geographical and economic barriers to bitcoin at the moment, the largest barrier to entry is often our own ego.
This experience is similar in spirit to the benefits that the psychedelic experience offers for individuals. While psychedelics offer one the ability to acknowledge and move past freedom from past restrictions or thought patterns. Bitcoin too offers individuals a chance to escape the confines of the existing financial paradigm, offers new ways to conceptualize money, and open their mind to new ways of social organization, decentralized, and join the wave to push humanity forward.