We are extending the FirstRoot #participatorybudgeting platform to leverage and teach such things as cryptocurrencies and NFTs.
Which has introduced me to a lot of people who are very passionate advocates who are both for and against these technologies. Let’s focus on the people who are against cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Let’s start by acknowledging that they raise many valid concerns, ranging from energy consumption to the potential misuse of these technologies.
But that’s not the reason we’re extending our platform to cover cryptocurrencies and NFTs.
The reason is simple: our children are inheriting a world in which cryptocurrencies and NFTs will be part of their everyday life. Accordingly, we need to teach our children about these concepts so that they make informed decisions that are good for them.
My best analogy is that some adults claim that we shouldn’t teach kids about sex or pregnancy prevention because they might have sex.
Except that denying education isn’t a good strategy. Last I checked, kids are still having sex: the U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate of developed nations (https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/teen-pregnancy-rates-by-state).
An alternative that I advocate is properly educating our children about sex so that IF they choose to have sex they can do so safely. And for the record, I do promote abstinence until all parties are physically, emotionally, and cognitively ready, with no abuse or coercion or fear involved of any kind.
You may not like crypto. I understand that. At this point, it isn’t going to go away. I want to prepare our children for the world they’re inheriting.