There will always be people who criticize the creators of disruptive technologies. And their reviews can affect anyone or millions of people depending on their reach. However, the loudest ones are often leaders in their fields and influential because of their work.
These innovation antagonists oppose all those who attempt what they deem impossible and ridicule those who are at the origin of the most important inventions of their time. But their predictions age badly because they are quickly sprayed by the wave of adoption that follows their words. As Bitcoin gradually becomes one of the most impactful innovations in history, notable violators are added every day. And with each increase in price and relevance, its magnetic attraction on these megaphone toters grows stronger.
I won’t speculate much as to why they attack the alpha coin, but fear of evil or change is a likely cause. Many of the above are accomplished in business, finance, and technology – all industries that are changing because of Bitcoin. Maybe they feel threatened, just like a small dog barking at a bigger one. Or as a crying kid when dropped off at school for the first time, he can pout about Bitcoin not realizing the lessons he can learn if he embraces the change he’s in. confronted with. Whatever their reasons, they choose to align with the innovation bears of the past and, in time, will be remembered for their failure to prevent the inevitable.
Here are five badly aged quotes from notable numbers and paired Bitcoin bear quotes:
1a. Robert Metcalfe, 1995: “I predict that the Internet will soon become a spectacular supernova and that in 1996 it will collapse catastrophically”.
1b. Peter Schiff, 2021: “Bitcoin is not a currency. It’s just used for speculation. I don’t think these bitcoin collections will be worth anything when the music stops. “
2a. Western Union executives on Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, 1876: “His device is little more than a toy. “
2b. Donald Trump, 2021: “Bitcoin looks like a scam. I don’t like it because it’s another currency that competes with the dollar.
3a. Stanley Mosely, 1905: “It is total nonsense to believe that flying machines will ever work. “
3b. Charlie Munger, 2021: “I hate the success of bitcoin. I think all this damn development is disgusting and against the interests of civilization. “
This list, although short, is revealing of the notorious forces directed against Bitcoin. As we can see, Bitcoin is in good company with so much rooting against it. If these examples from the past are any indication, Bitcoin is poised to be mass adopted and change the world in the pantheon of great inventions throughout history.
This is a guest article by Josh Doña. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC, Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.