Why the rules of the Bitcoin are enforced by physics

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No speed limits lead to faster, safe and more reliable cars. The German autobahn highways have no statutory speed limits. The laws of physics are the only restrictions on how fast cars can travel there. As such, Germans have figured out how to make very fast cars. Fast small cars, fast family cars, fast SUVs, fast trucks, etc.

They have also figured out how to make very safe fast cars because no one wants to die to get anywhere quickly. German automakers pioneered advanced safety features such as crumple zones that make high-speed collisions less dangerous for vehicle occupants.

The lack of statutory restrictions makes German cars faster, safer and better than those designed in countries where speed limits and safety standards are prescribed by government orders.

Consider the challenges German automotive technicians face compared to those in a highly regulated country where the speed limits are much lower than the speeds seen on the Autobahn. German car technicians have to compete to find out how to make cars both faster and safer than their other German competitors. But their regulated colleagues in other countries can stop improving their cars as soon as they can safely reach the local speed limit. German automotive engineers are becoming interested in understanding and solving challenges posed by high speeds that affect reliability, aerodynamics, stability, fuel efficiency, high pressure, braking, acceleration and more. Their regulated counterparts simply have no interest in these considerations, nor are they given the budget to investigate them.

No man-made laws lead to stronger, safer and more reliable money

The same reasoning can be used to explain why Bitcoin is the best money the world will ever see. Just like cars are a designed form of transportation, Bitcoin is manipulated for money.

The Bitcoin’s first engineer, Satoshi Nakamoto, designed it to work no matter what the universe might throw at it. He didn’t build it to work alone under a limited set of boundaries dictated by humans. So the mechanisms that Satoshi has built into the Bitcoin to enforce its rules are nothing short of the laws of physics itself. No government told Satoshi what rules to apply or how to enforce them (and now no government can). The rules of the Bitcoin were chosen to make sure that the Bitcoin would work no matter what happened.

Strong, safe money, guaranteed

Just like the safety and speed targets of German cars driving on the autobahn motorway network, there are also safety and speed targets for the Bitcoin because it functions on top of global digital networks.

Bitcoin offers the monetary equivalent of security namely protection of private property. The Bitcoin allows owners of its units of currency to store them where only the rightful owners can be found. It does this using astronomically large random numbers as the storage location of these satoshis (satoshis are the basic unit of currency in the Bitcoin system).

The laws of physics dictate that for the entire foreseeable future of the universe, no one can be expected to guess one of these astronomical numbers where satoshis are stored. Not even if they’ve turned the entire planet into a giant computer and have endless guesses.

If you have satoshis and apply HODL then you can be sure that they are not being stolen by a thief who can guess where they are stored. And you don’t have to worry about this as long as you properly generate your astronomically large random number. Who guarantees this to you? Not some politician. Not a businessman. No company. No one. The deposit is none other than the universe itself. As long as the laws hold the universe together, your satoshis are safe.

Stricter standards lead to better money

By relying on the eternal and unchanging laws of physics, Bitcoin guarantees perfect reliability that its promises of property protection and continued operation will always be in effect. This frees Bitcoin (and more importantly its users) from having to rely on temporary and fallible ephemeral entities such as humans, central banks, political parties and even nation states.

Ultimately, choosing whether to prefer Bitcoin and the reliability of physics over fiat money and trust in politicians is a voluntary decision for each individual. That is a decision to choose science over politics. However, the Bitcoin itself is in no rush for anyone to make that choice. Like the laws of physics themselves, Bitcoin is forever

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