The Evolution Of Money

How Bitcoin Is like Shakespeare: All That Glitters...

Both Bitcoin and Shakespeare share a common goal: to provide a new way of looking at the world

by Michael Collins, CFA

Michael Collins is an adjunct professor at the Gerrish School of Business at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, and the founder/CEO of WinCap Financial in Boston. 

Bitcoin and Shakespeare both explore the human condition in all its forms. From love and loss to triumph and tragedy, each captures the essence of the human experience in its own unique way.

While Shakespeare does so through the lens of fiction, Bitcoin does so through the lens of finance. Like Shakespeare, Bitcoin is a complex and nuanced system that is difficult to fully understand. Both have been criticized for being too complicated and difficult to use, but both have also been praised for their innovation and potential. Like Shakespeare, Bitcoin is often lauded for its innovation and creativity.

Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, and its innovative design has informed many of the Altcoins that have come after it. Similarly, Shakespeare is often credited with inventing or popularizing many of the conventions that we now take for granted in Western literature. For example, Shakespeare is believed to be the first writer to use the iambic pentameter meter, which is now considered the standard for English poetry.

Bitcoin and Shakespeare share a common goal: to provide a new way of looking at the world.

Shakespeare did so by creating new ways of telling stories; Bitcoin does so by creating new ways of handling money.

Both have the potential to change the way we live our lives, and both have already had a profound impact on the world.

A Great Debate

Finally, both Bitcoin and Shakespeare have sparked a great deal of debate. There are those who believe that Bitcoin to be a fraud that will never amount to anything.

Similarly, there are those who believe Shakespeare was not the author of the works attributed to him.

However, there are also those who see the great potential in both Bitcoin and Shakespeare, and believe that they will continue to have a major impact on the world for years to come.

So, while Bitcoin and Shakespeare may seem like an unlikely pairing at first, upon closer inspection, it is clear that the two actually have quite a lot in common. Of course, we have yet to see if Bitcoin will have the Bard’s longevity. As William Shakespeare is said to have said, “All that glitters is not gold.”




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