I laughed at him.

My uncle had just finished proudly boasting of his first crypto purchases. Doge and Digibyte.

I had no idea of the history of Dogecoin – the philanthropic pursuits they had endured. I had no idea that the currency they projected was the currency we really all wanted. Deep down, I feel each of us has a slight hatred for money and the greed that surrounds it. Deeper yet, I realize I hated everything about wealth. I wanted to distance myself from it. I wanted money to lose the war.

Dogecoin symbolizes that disdain in a way that’s fairly difficult to explain but I’ll give it my best. First, that trademark. The playful pup that symbolizes the currency to me. It’s just a meme. A joke. This is money.

So many pursue it, giving their lives to it, not realizing that it’s only reason for existing is to acquire something else. They trade their time in exchange for something that impedes them, something that has no feeling or attachment to them. Is this ever worth it? In my opinion, it’s not.

The force behind Doge is one unlike any I’ve ever seen. In a landscape where the community brings the true value to the coin, I feel there is no parallel to Dogecoin.

It’s not about getting rich. It’s not about buying a lambo and mooning. It’s about being in a network that supports one another and being able to access that support at any point in time; any place.

Chances are, you’ve been in my boots. You have seen someone flaunting their wealth and had a chuckle at the sheer ridiculousness of it all. Go ahead judge a little.

To me that’s the spirit behind Dogecoin. It’s one that can have infinite wealth and not really give a hoot about if it is seen doing work for others. It is a selfless spirit. An enlightened spirit. A spirit that doesn’t really have a care for status provided by “value” unless it’s doing something to bring others joy.

I wasn’t laughing anymore. My uncle had beat me to doing exactly what it was we were here for in the first place: defeating the greed and tyranny of traditional financial systems. I had come to terms with the fact that this is what it all boils down to. Getting money out of the way and getting people right in front of us to love and support.

I had lost sight of the vision temporarily. The coin was not the key. The community these coins create was in fact the promise the cryptoverse had originally brought us. Satoshi had a sense of humor, and beyond that, a sense of humility. It wasn’t status for him. It was about giving all an equal opportunity to be free from the constraints of a system rigged against them.

Losing focus on the original mindset of the creator of this asset class and the culture that sprouted from it is becoming more and more clear. While this has been called the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind, I do not believe it is necessarily about who is financially literate or first to adopt, but about the ones who are passionate for positive change and becoming free of the chains we have placed upon ourselves.

Ask yourselves as you navigate what’s been placed before you: will you return to the motives of what has enslaved you or will you continue to pull away from material things and focus on the effort that enriches your life?

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