This is an opinion editorial by Will Schoellkopf, author of The Bitcoin Dog and father-to-be.
I was a computer science student at UCLA when I first heard about Bitcoin back in 2013. Custodial Your Bitcoins. However, at that time there weren’t any easy-to-use cold storage hardware wallet solutions, so I made the mistake of giving up and decided then and there that it wasn’t worth learning more about Bitcoin.
I was wrong.
While you have yet to be born, my heart is already warm with your love. As I think about this upcoming Father’s Day, my first as a father-to-be, I can already picture myself holding you in my arms. You’re wrapped up in a cute little onesie and a floppy-ear hat, and as I rock you, I poke your nose with my nose.
“Who is daddy’s girl?” I whisper in your ear. “You are!” My eyes swell with pride. A smile spreads across my face as, to my surprise, you struggle to reach out and grab my nose! Your tiny fingers can barely grasp.
Today, as I sit in our rocking chair that we will be rocking back and forth in, I look out your child’s bedroom window with you in my arms and think about the world I want to transport you to: a world where there are refrigerators Solutions are readily available. I think of the goals you set, your dreams, your ambitions! But I don’t want you to have everything – at least not too easily. While I want what’s best for you, I have no intention of handing it to you on a silver platter.
As your father, I will raise you to be a young woman who will work hard for what she wants. I want you to be in control of your destiny. To have the opportunity to be successful. Showcasing a path so compelling, so captivating, so “I can’t believe this is actually happening” that you’ll happily pour blood, sweat, and tears into your passions without batting an eyelid. However, you currently lack the financial freedom to do so.
While I wish so much that you could be born free, your career choices (as is the case for most young men and women in our society) remain caged by inflation. I fear that knowing your net income will be hampered by rising rates of inflation will cause you to consciously limit yourself – that in turn you will hamper your own ability to develop your creativity and reject the forms of self-expression that reflect the fire of your inner spirit. Needing to beat inflation through a high-paying role, you may feel compelled to trade your passion for recklessness, sacrificing your lifelong dream for the life of a beast of burden — one that must let out a mighty roar to break free out of the inflation cage!
Bitcoin fixes this.
Bitcoin is the key that allows you to calmly unlock the door to get out of the cage peacefully. While the pennies in your piggy bank never stand a chance against inflation, you can stack sats and they just can’t be blown away. You will be free to live the life you want, whatever that life may be, and save for your future too.
My beloved daughter, you are a person of your own. You can float like a butterfly or sting like a bee – the choice is yours. By living on a fiat standard, a unit of account controlled by a central bank and artificially inflating the money supply at will, your wings will fight the headwinds of inflation. But if you choose the bitcoin standard, you fly for free. Bitcoin allows you to choose the career that best suits you and your lifestyle, safe in the knowledge that you are now armed with savings technology capable of preserving the value of your work over the long term.
Since you are my daughter, I am sure that you will have the same critical thinking skills as your father. (Although, to be honest, I hope you’ll catch up with your mother in this department; she’s the real critical thinker in this family!) You know, by nature, not to trust me blindly, but to verify my bitcoin claims for yourself. Even Daddy, despite his computer science background, initially approached Bitcoin as little more than an unproven software algorithm and quickly dismissed it. It took another eight years, but I finally leaned in for another look — more than a cursory one this time — and only then to appreciate bitcoin for what it truly is: a once-in-a-lifetime currency revolution.
I can already hear you thinking, “But if Daddy is super powerful, why can’t he just change the bitcoin supply?”
Dear daughter, this is my answer: follow the principles of bitcoin; Don’t just listen to me, do your own research. There is so much to learn about Bitcoin! Find out why bitcoins aren’t being created when you’re a little older… not 18, but 118! All there is in the world is all there will ever be. Remember my daughter, if you choose Bitcoin, there are literally no limits to your potential.
Dad will always be proud of his little girl.
This is a guest post by Will Schoellkopf. The opinions expressed are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.