It’s easy to get stuck in an echo chamber when you spend all of your time in crypto because it can easily take over your entire life. It may start off slowly then before you know it you’re reading The Daily Gwei every day, aping into “ponzi farms”, flipping jpegs on OpenSea and staring at the 1 minute ETH/USD chart.
Whenever someone who’s not into crypto asks me what I do for work I always start with “so, do you know what Bitcoin is?” because I just assume that they’ve never heard of Ethereum. Sure enough, they’ll have heard of Bitcoin at least once - usually in the media and usually because of some bad news (exchange hack, price dumping etc). But then I’ll tell them that I work in the Ethereum ecosystem and they won’t know what I’m talking about let alone have any idea about just how impactful something like Ethereum currently is and will continue to be into the future.
Meanwhile, in Ethereum land, we’re building things that are literally changing the world - from an entirely new financial system with DeFi to redefining culture with NFTs and DAOs - it’s pretty wild to me that so few people still know what any of this is. And maybe they never really need to know about it - just like most people have no idea that Linux is what powers most of the internet or like how most people have no idea how their electricity is produced. Just because something is really impactful or changes the world in a grand way, doesn’t mean that people have to be aware of it or pay any attention to it in their day-to-day lives.
The juxtaposition of these 2 worlds - those within the Ethereum ecosystem and those not in crypto at all - is really fascinating to me. It’s like we’re all living in this bubble that those outside of it can’t even see let alone comprehend the importance of. Though this shouldn’t be an excuse for us to ignore these people or scoff at them - we should all be working to bring as many people into this ecosystem as we possibly can (and teach them the benefits of decentralization, of course). Obviously Ethereum and the wider crypto space won’t appeal to everyone but at least we can expose people to something new and potentially get them thinking differently about a few things.
I’ve personally brought in a few of my real life friends into crypto - one has become obsessed with NFTs, one entered through DeFi and is now a bit of an all-rounder (plus also now works in crypto), and one just listens to my podcasts from time to time and has a surface-level view of this industry. So as you can see, each person will be involved in and get value out of crypto in their own way - whether that’s just being aware of it or engrossing themselves in it to help change the world.
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