Ethereum — A New Common Sense
Imagine a glass cup filled with clear water. At the bottom of the cup there’s crumbled dirt that’s settled. If you look at the cup while it’s unhampered from a horizontal perspective the water looks crisp and clear. An outside party, however, dips a spoon into the water and stirs it. The dirt at the bottom blends in with everything inside of the cup. The clear water immediately becomes murky and it becomes clearer that the dirt that was there in the first place.
In other words, the problems our community has faced recently has existed deep underneath the surface the entire time. The DAO incident and the issues with the ETC are both spoons that stirred the community. They surfaced the problems the community still has. It is best to address them now both before the dirt settles once again and the problems become less clear. We must do so both technologically and morally. In the near future, technological ideas for future DAOs will be mentioned, however, if morality isn’t fully considered the uses of these technological ideas could create more harmful situations that would cause damage over the long run.
Before approaching the technology, I say some priority should be placed on forming a strong moral foundation that Ethereum can use to guide all of its future decision making. Within the last three months I’ve seen major changes happen. The community was split and primarily argued over these two things:
- The DAOs hardfork, where it morally made the most sense to do a hard fork
- Now they’re debating heavily over whether the community should remain on the classic blockchain, where morality again is the biggest part of the debate (still not entirely solved)
From my observation, I have noticed that while Ethereum is shaping up to be one of the most technologically advanced platforms available to the public, one problem major persist. That is that the community lacks a lot of the morality and wisdom that would help make the community thrive over the already existing economic, legal and governance systems. I’m certain that once we address moral issues, along with the current technological limitations (already being done), Ethereum will begin to thrive like no other human-made system has before. For that, we need to cultivate a new form of common sense for everybody to understand.
A social science professor once queried his students to ask strangers in an NYC subway train to give up their seats. He wanted to test the compliance of strangers based on the ethnic group of the person that asked. Of course, these students sought to do what the professor wanted for the sake of the experiment. Yet, when each student attempted to ask the strangers to give up their seats they couldn’t.
They felt as if there was some kind of invisible wall stopping them. Forcing them to run away with their tails between their legs instead of asking a simple question to a stranger. The professor believed that it was their lack of experience that was affecting their results for the given task. However, when the professor tried it he too felt the very same resistance the students felt keeping them from asking. What impeccable force held these young eager students and seasoned professor from completing such a physically simple task? They were all compelled by the intense power of common sense. More accurately, the subtle rules that individuals follow for society to function correctly. These rules are neither instant or static, instead, they are dynamic. As Einstein stated — “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” Common sense in a collection of learned rules that change during the course of multiple generations.
During the American Revolution, there was a small pamphlet that revolutionized the way the way people thought. This pamphlet greatly altered the course of both America and the world. The pamphlet was Common Sense (1776) written by Thomas Paine. The publication helped remove the barriers the common people felt as colonial subjects. He urged the people to take a single step forward towards independence and freedom and to never succumb to the authority and power represented by tyrannical rule and hereditary distinctions of class. He hoped that they could all arrive at a common sense that is both new and correct.
Before Copernicus, the heliocentric theory was outside the realm of common sense, as was the theory of evolution before Charles Darwin. Today, however, those ideas are widely accepted. Paine deeply understood that major shifts in thinking, much like the ones just mentioned, happen every generation when he wrote his pamphlet. That deep understanding inspired me to begin this topic once again with the hope that an entire generation can shift its thinking as well.
Just like many of the other greats in our society, we too must understand that when the long running barriers of common sense within people’s hearts are broken down, a new common sense, borne from a great exchange of dialogue, begins to take shape. This signifies the beginning of a new era and of fundamental change within society. With it people will act in new ways; ways that can create new forms of abundance for people and society. Society would then be held together using a new glue. Such a proposition only shows the importance of transforming our perspective of common sense. Just like previous generations before us, I’m certain that if we want to make great changes to the world we too will need to cultivate a new form of common sense. A philosophy that is fully ruled by the goal of creating peace, happiness and also nearly limitless freedom for individuals throughout the world.
I originally wanted to write a longer article explaining how our new common sense would function. However, once I started writing it I realized that it would both be too long for the normal reader to digest and would take me too much time to complete the single article. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be writing a series of articles to help Ethereum form a new common sense; a form of morality. Hopefully the results of the articles will be a global shift in thinking.