Friday, October 16th, 2020, 30 days before the fork
Why do so many people think so little of Amaury? I find this difficult to understand.
According to some, he doesn't have the best interests of Bitcoin Cash in mind. Others say he's holding the BCH network hostage, or that he's trying to do as much damage as he can on his way out the door.
One person tweeted that the activation of the new coinbase rule will now incentivize ABC to "only wait for awhile and only then build hype."
When have you ever seen Amaury hype anything?
For the past three years ABC has focused on building and maintaining the network. I think it's fair to say Amaury knows more about what it will take to scale Bitcoin Cash than anyone on the planet. If you think there's someone else, I'd love to hear who that might be.
And based on his expertise what Amaury's telling us is that it's going to take a lot more than some flipstarter campaigns to get the job done. He's not saying this because he thinks it's what we want to hear. He's saying this because he knows it to be true.
Amaury isn't putting his reputation on the line and standing by his convictions in the face of all this opposition just so he can "wait for awhile and only then build hype."
During one of his interviews, Joel Valenzuela described Amaury as bold, but I don't think trying to convince miners to hand over 8% of their coinbase rewards so he can sit around twiddling his thumbs was the kind of boldness Joel was referring to.
What's bold is being a nobody in the space and telling Bitcoin Jesus himself that the people trying to activate big blocks on Bitcoin are fucking things up and then being proven right shortly thereafter. What's bold is saying fuck it and doing it yourself and creating a multi-billion dollar network on nothing but a shoestring budget. What's bold is standing by Bitcoin Cash even when you're constantly told to leave and go back to your job at Facebook.
"How do you propose to force your ideas on them?"
"I don’t propose to force or be forced. Those who want me will come to me."
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
I'm not saying Amaury is Howard Roark. Howard Roark is a fictitious character in a novel.
What I am saying is that Amaury isn't forcing anything on anyone. Because nobody has the power to single-handedly hijack Bitcoin Cash, and if someone did, then we might as well all just go home. But what Amaury is doing is everything in his power to lead as many people as he can to see and support his vision.
You might think Amaury has failed to build consensus, but as Vin Armani once said, this is an infinite game. Just because Amaury is trying to build consensus around an idea you disagree with doesn't mean he isn't building consensus.
He's just not choosing to take the easy route, because he isn't afraid to stand by his convictions and go against the majority. Whether you agree with him or not, you have to acknowledge that much. It's clear he isn't doing this to please others. He's doing it because he has integrity.
"Why are you fighting for me like that?" Roark asked.
"Why are you a good architect? Because you have certain standards of what is good, and they’re your own, and you stand by them. I want a good hotel, and I have certain standards of what is good, and they’re my own, and you’re the one who can give me what I want. And when I fight for you, I’m doing--on my side of it--just what you’re doing when you design a building. Do you think integrity is the monopoly of the artist? And what, incidentally, do you think integrity is? The ability not to pick a watch out of your neighbor’s pocket? No, it’s not as easy as that. If that were all, I’d say ninety-five percent of humanity were honest, upright men. Only, as you can see, they aren’t. Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea. That presupposes the ability to think. Thinking is something one doesn’t borrow or pawn. And yet, if I were asked to choose a symbol for humanity as we know it, I wouldn’t choose a cross nor an eagle nor a lion and unicorn. I’d choose three gilded balls." And as Roark looked at him, he added: "Don’t worry. They’re all against me. But I have one advantage: they don’t know what they want. I do."
- The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
If you think Amaury doesn't care about Bitcoin Cash, you haven't been paying close enough attention. I'd argue there isn't another soul who cares more about Bitcoin Cash than he does. If you want to talk about skin in the game, this man has devoted the last three years of his life into making this project a success regardless of how difficult things might have gotten at times.
But he understands he can't do it alone.
You think he spent all those hours doing interviews, presentations, and podcasts talking about BCH because he doesn't care?
Amaury isn't trying to make a quick buck. He's trying to be the man who might one day be credited with creating the best money the world has ever seen.
You can accuse Amaury of being unaccommodating. You can think he isn't nice or friendly. Maybe you can even blame him for some of the current issues facing BCH, but if you think he's activating the new coinbase rule purely out of malice, or that he's trying to use it as an opportunity to loaf around and collect a paycheck, I don't know what to tell you.
Having said all that, I know that most of the people who disagree with me aren't malicious either. I know they believe they're in the right, that they're the ones with integrity. And while I may not be able to convince any of those people to change their mind, what I do know is that there are others out there who see things the same way I do. Those are the people that I'm writing for.