7 myths about Nimses

Feb 25 · 6 min read

Humanity is trapped in a state of constant search. Every single one of us is looking for something: a purpose, a sense of unconditional love, a higher meaning. We crave that. If we never searched for ways to survive, adapt and evolve, then, perhaps, we would have never developed past our Australopithecine selves.

Nimses is a form of searching. Thus — surviving, adapting, and evolving. Access to this form is open via the Nimses app. The app is merely one of many manifestations of Nimses’ presence, and by far, not the most significant one. Surely an app is the most apparent form of what Nimses is; however, simplifying Nimses to a mere app is synonymous to equating a debit card with the bank issuing it. Nimses is an intricate social and economic ecosystem, and naturally, it was only a matter of time before several myths have sprouted around it. Here are the Top Seven Myths about what Nimses is not — accompanied by how to deal with these misconceptions.

Myth 1

“Just another app”

Indeed, an eponymous app is the most tangible form of Nimses. However, it is not the app that is central to Nimses — it is the nim. A nim is equal to one minute. Spending this precious minute on an ambitious nine-to-five office grind, or getting irreversible back damage at a construction site, is completely arbitrary. This minute is simply given to every user. As bizarre as it is, the sheer fact of one’s existence — is already enough to receive this minute. We have grown used to not being worthy of anything just by existing. This pushes us into committing to jobs we are not exactly fond of, to earn just enough money to survive. However, not everyone works, and not everyone in the workforce gets paid what they deserve. The least capital we all possess is time — at least 1440 minutes in a day. Therefore, nims can also exist — at least 1440 nims in a day. None of the said above means anyone should quit their job right now, download the app and do absolutely nothing afterwards. Understanding that money is a form of social contract, and that time is an absolute substance, would suffice. A nim is a form of value created from time.

Myth 2

“A pyramid scheme?”

Nimses simply cannot be a pyramid scheme — there is no money involved. A user does not need to pay to download, sign up or use the app. One produces nims by simply existing, and receives them by being active. Eventually, one’s “income” is comprised of the unconditional daily nims and the ones collected from offering goods and services for nims, viewing ads or creating content. In addition, anyone can receive nims for inviting other people to join the system; others, in turn, receive nims for accepting the invites. At the end of the day, no one pays for anything. Nimses has nothing to do with network marketing and its questionable practices.

Myth 3

“Cat memes and thirst traps v2.0”

Not much different from the way it happens elsewhere, the content on Nimses is created by a very regular yet diverse populace. No wonder the content reflects the diversity of its creators. It is crucial, however, to understand that the entirety of content circulating within Nimses is subjected to an ongoing decision-making process. We are not talking about mutual likes, passionate internet discussions or follower count. Nimses revolves around the process of judgement, and the judges are none other than its users. The user base holds sufficient power to decide what content should be deleted and what gets promoted. Although the term “promotion” is not specific enough to truly describe the essence of this social transaction: it is not a mere exchange of relevant content for likes and shares. Within Nimses, users encourage fellow creators by rewarding them with nims. Unlike a thumbs up, a nim is not given in vain: it will not disappear after a few scrolls. A nim goes directly to the creator’s account; a post that gathers 100 nims covers the publication cost. Essentially, the content that gets nims is the content that the users are willing to reward with their own time. Being a form of appreciation, the nims, naturally, hold a stronger motivational value than likes. They say we get what we pay for, right? Then let the time decide what types of content we are willing to “pay” for.

Myth 4

“Money for nothing”

In some sense, you could define Nimses as a world where everything is received for free. But only in some sense. In our mental scheme of the world “for free” is typically synonymous to “no money involved”. Using nims is not an equivalent of getting “free stuff”; rather, it employs a value of some other sort, an undoubtedly unusual and abstract one. True, Nimses has nothing to do with traditional forms of currency, because a nim is not a form of currency. But this is not “for free” either, because a nim is an asset, an absolute one. We have a tendency to assign a disproportionate estimate to anything we’ve received “for free”, and to not truly value it. Nimses does not operate on a “for free” basis: the “prices” do exist, and they are tied to the minutes of human life. Obviously, human life is ought to cost more than any tangible valuables in the world.

Myth 5

“This money of yours — that’s not real money”

Bingo! Nims are not money indeed. In fact, nothing is money except for money. That does not keep nims from being completely real though. Anything we cannot touch, smell or taste — anything intangible — we are quick to categorize as not real. Even the credit card balance only feels real when we hold the plastic in our hands. Take the plastic away — we would see the digital numbers in an online banking app. The numbers themselves, as real as nims. The only difference being that the latter is a product of someone living for a couple of minutes.

Myth 6

“The spectre of communism”

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs — that is not Nimses. The contemporary society happens to be a bit too complex and multifaceted to be boiled down to one unifying equation. At the end of the day, we all are strikingly different, and we inevitably have to coexist despite all our differences. At least for some time, that we know. And this knowledge can be employed. This is exactly what Nimses is based on — a seemingly surreal yet a fairly plausible way of reconciling our differences within the physical constraints of one small planet.

Myth 7

“Pseudo-philosophical nonsense, tldr”

Nimses explores the world. Conducts a large-scale research project, sets up an anthropologic, economic and sociologic experiment. The subject of this research is the human being — all wrapped up in a cocoon of geography, tech and information. So naturally, Nimses digs deep, and it will take a significant effort for someone to truly figure it all out. Pseudo-philosophy, on the other hand, is a superficial way to ponder on life’s eternal questions. Being superficial in its understanding of human nature, is probably the last thing one could accuse Nimses of.

To summarize

Nimses’ theory and practice can be doubted, criticized, overanalyzed, hyped up, disputed and straight up denied. It does not necessarily have to be that complicated. Nimses does not demand immediate and blind faith. Nimses also doesn’t recommend to grant the immediate and blind faith to the myths surrounding it either. Just listen to your heart and think, think, think before you trust. ❤

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