This lady was at least 55 (maybe older). She started going on about THEY. Paying bills to THEM. Angry that THEY were holding her down and it is what THEY want. THEY want to control you. Etc. Etc. Etc. I tried to explain to her that everything "centralized" will soon (10 years? optimistically) be "decentralized". THEY will be erased. No longer needed. Banks, governments, silicon valley, companies, etc. The main point I got stuck on was that I could not explain to her WHO gets her money when you use Bitcoin. Her brain could not comprehend there not being a bank; not being in control; there not being a middle man. She refused to accept responsibility. She didn't trust it because there was no authority. Even though she was VERY angry at the authorities she currently has her USD with. She was VERY angry at her cell phone company, her electric company, her bank, her government, etc. etc. etc. She was proud to own her house because she loathed the mortgage she paid her entire life. I used analogies galore. She seemed as though she would trust gold but when I asked her how much gold she had she just said only the ring on her finger which I am not sure was even real gold. I mean I am not sure she even knew if it was real gold or even knew how much it was worth melted down. This is the baby boomer generation. Many are angry. Many. But they are fearful. They fear technology. They fear younger kids and their funny money. They say us kids ( I am 35 so not quite a kid) don't understand. That we don't get it. She even said a dollar is anonymous. She understood that much. I can give you a dollar anonymously. This is true. I agree. But it was impossible to explain to someone like that how an anonymous digital currency operates. How it washes away the trace. Or that it can. She didnt trust it. She kept wanting to know who THEY becomes. I said your children. Your friends. Your family. Every person in here who owns a cell phone or a smart TV or a smart refrigerator. The Internet of Things you own become your bank. Become your money. Become ownership. Become THEY. Her face just looked like a deer in headlights. It just does not make sense to them.
This revolution will not come easy. People will fight. They will fight to their grave. They will hate the entities the revolution is against. They will still fight it and side with the authority that they loathe because they fear technology and are too lazy (or old) to take the time to understand. They will stick with what they know. They will not adapt.
I hope that that there is not a rush to crypto; that it happens gradually over time. I hope that Bitcoin keeps getting deemed DEAD. That we don't see governments collapsing along with their currencies over night. That we dont see famine from hyper inflation in smaller countries one by one as the rush takes hold. I hope that humanity can understand what is happening. That they get it. But on the flip side if they do get "it" too fast, the rush will begin. If they dont get it they may be too late. This is a revolution. A world wide 1776. This is not a small subset of the world having a civil war. This is every human being on the planet making a choice… a choice between freedom and slavery. That lady chose slavery. She had no choice her entire life. And sadly she will either be too late or die before the revolution completes. Which side are you on? Which side are your friends on? Which side is your family on? Which side… war is upon us and it is invisible.
Grab your popcorn.