STEEM and HIVE — Freedom and Necessitywriting and images by @d-pend
In the epilogue, there is a series of essays on freedom and necessity, which is a continuous thread throughout the book. Though the concept is explored from a thousand subtle angles, it boils down to this—At no point in time can human beings conceive of themselves as either wholly free, or wholly constrained by the necessity of circumstance. That is, despite one's philosophical leanings on the subject of free will, no one in all earnestness can picture themselves either a completely will-less automaton, nor an entirely free agent defying all cosmic laws.
Freedom vs. Necessity
In such a way he explored this paradox, with many examples, especially as it pertains to the writing of historical events. For example, if today Napoleon declares war on Russia, it will appear to most that he acts freely, and surely could have not declared war. Once two hundred years pass, the opposite appears to be the case, and everyone will say that he had no choice but to declare war. All world events occurring since that time depend on his initial declaring of war and invasion of Russia, so it is nearly impossible to conceive of its nonoccurence.
STEEM vs. HIVE
The more distant we get from these events, the more they will be seen to be inevitable, and they will be expounded by historians as such (with great pomp and circumstance, no less) focusing on the consequences of the events. The artist, in contrast, focuses less on consequences and more on the events themselves and how individual characters participated in them (more specifically, how the artist imagines them to have participated.) Both dramatize and distort the events that occurred in reality.
The historian will say—it was inevitable that HIVE split from STEEM; it was caused by Justin Sun; it was caused by witnesses; it was caused by the community sentiment. It was caused by prevailing world conditions; it was caused by Steemit, Inc.'s mismanagement of funds; it was caused by the bear market; it was caused by the preceding bull market. And so on. Eventually they will arrive at the ninjamined stake and conclude it was necessary from the beginning of STEEM's birth.
Countries vs. Blockchains
So, when Justin Sun 'conquers' STEEM, anyone can make a copy of STEEM with any modifications they would like. Thus, it is not necessary to wait for the Tron Army to retreat before re-establishing community rule to the digital nation-state. To be clear, these are metaphors, and blockchains are not places or names. However, metaphors help people to begin to grasp novel concepts by comparing what is not yet understood to that which is familiar.
All questions of this-versus-that such as "Freedom vs. Necessity" can be transcended mentally by the realization that one one level, Freedom is true and Necessity false; on another, Necessity true and Freedom false. On still another, both Freedom and Necessity are simultaneously, paradoxically true. Still again, both Freedom and Necessity are false concepts obscuring Truth. This four-step process can be applied to any dichotomous conceptualization to free oneself from the shackles of the reductionist intellect.
I am indebted to Tolstoy's War and Peace for enabling this discussion, along with his translators Pevear and Volokhonsky so that an anglophone could enjoy it. I am endlessly grateful to all whose lives intersect and impact my own, which in the final measurement, extends to all beings everywhere throughout all time and space.
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to be published to blockchain on March 24, 2020.