Bitcoin: The Akashic Records of the Physical Realm
If you haven’t heard of the Akashic Records before, he’s a brief explanation from Brittanica:
Akashic record is a compendium of pictorial records, or “memories,” of all events, actions, thoughts, and feelings that have occurred since the beginning of time. They are said to be imprinted on Akasha, the astral light, which is described by spiritualists as a fluid ether existing beyond the range of human senses. The Akashic records are reputedly accessible to certain select individuals — e.g., a spiritualist medium who conducts a séance. Akasha allegedly transmits the waves of human willpower, thought, feeling, and imagination and is a reservoir of occult power, an ocean of unconsciousness to which all are linked, making prophecy and clairvoyance possible.
Now, in my opinion, Bitcoin brings this same level of transparency as the Akashic records.
If it is something that will be able to log (almost) everything on a blockchain, there will be a “stream of consciousness” that the world has not seen before (in our own, recorded histories).
Apparently, the Akashic records can only be accessed via meditation or “out of body” experiences by attuned individuals. Things that make it difficult, however, for rationalists to comprehend if they haven’t been able to tap into this altered state themselves.
In a Bitcoin world, these same type of ‘events’ will all be logged, but on-chain.
Privacy will still be maintained, and data owned by users, but for those willing to investigate, the information may be there for digging.
There are, of course, pros and cons to this. Knowing that everything you do may be “logged” is incredibly scary for most. But if you accept that this is already happening (like with the Akashic records) then you realize that Bitcoin may just be a manifestation of what already is.
Most skilled hackers today could probably tap into everything you do online if they wanted to, yet that doesn’t stop people from interacting online day in and day out.
Bitcoin simply makes it computationally difficult (expensive) to do so, so if you're really wanting to, you're going to have to put in a lot of effort that better be worth it for you.
And that up side is what may outweigh the down (if built on the right foundations).
This post was originally published as a section in an article on Medium