GameStop Christmas Story The weekend before Christmas I hadn’t yet gotten my sons their present. I knew they wanted a Nintendo Switch so I went to GameStop to pick one up for them. The staff informed me that they were sold out and, in fact, every store was sold out within a 150 mile radius. It was the most sought after gift of the season, so they were constantly checking for inventory whenever a customer asked.
I hung around in the store to look for anything else that might do. It didn’t make any sense to go check any other stores since they were sold out everywhere. I love my boys and I knew that if I spent a little time looking, I’d find the perfect gift for them. 10 minutes later, the manager informed me that they had a Nintendo Switch on layaway that had been abandoned by the purchaser.
I bought it and gave it to my boys on Christmas and they loved it. My oldest even said that by receiving that gift he had accomplished “his life’s goal.” Here is the tweet I posted reporting on the purchase and my good fortune.
$GME Short Squeeze That happened last month. This month, GameStop’s stock price went up by 1000%. In the video I recorded last week, I name the $GME short squeeze as an example of building with love. GameStop showed me love, I showed my boys love, they showed me love, and I showed GameStop love.
I didn’t buy any $GME, but I do like the stock. Lots of people did buy their stock and went long $GME, though. I’m sure it’s because they love GameStop for reasons similar to my own. Now, an army larger than any the world has ever seen, is asymmetrically empowered to bankrupt the company that didn’t love GameStop and shorted $GME.
The key takeaway from the short squeeze is that when you long something, there is unlimited upside potential. Conversely, when you short something there is unlimited downside potential. The reason that it is unlimited is because there is no limit to how much something can be valued. Put another way, you can love $GME more than all the money in the world. If 1 share of $GME can equal infinity dollars, then money is infinite and love can trigger an overflow error in its accounting.
Acausal vs Causal Relationships Did I bless GameStop for saving the day on Christmas? Of course I did. Did that blessing cause Melvin Capital to short 140% of the $GME float or did it cause u/DeepFuckingValue to spot the naked short on $GME? Of course not.
The contemporary reporting on the topic will cover the causal relationships of events that led up to the big short squeeze. The cause and effect relationship can be easily documented and communicated. But it fails to account for the sublime. Goodwill, community, entertainment value, familial love, brotherly love, greed, network topography, and cowardice were all components of the system that led to the big short squeeze. Causal mapping is useful for making sense of events, but it’s myopic for making sense of systems.
There was an acausal relationship between me blessing GameStop and their stock price going up 10x. The blessing happened first, the pump happened a month later. I had no expectation of this particular outcome, but I was positioned to cite it as a proof for this series on the theory and practice of building with ❤️. Acausal mapping is quite useful for organizing and leveraging systems for outsized effects because it has practical applications in accounting for the sublime and unlocking infinity monies.
Proving that acausal relationships exist empirically will require statistical analysis of observed events on a particle’s timeline. Given enough data, this type of analysis can be performed by anyone with adequate training in math and physics. Naturally, your’s truly is playing the part of the particle and generating the data.
Infinity Monies in Systems Design In the world before covid, it was common knowledge that time and money were the limiting factors in systems design. In the post covid world, we have more time (work from home) and more money (money printer go brrr), but there hasn’t been an observable improvement in systems design. In fact, unemployed autistic day traders are using their time and money to break The System, potentially resulting in infinite monetary returns.
However, in DeFi, there is a practice of airdropping new money on people and making a useful application available to them. In many cases, that useful application just generates voting rights, trading fees, or both. But in other cases, the new money grants more creative rewards or rights. There is no limit to the number of monies or their values relative to other monies. Time also doesn’t really matter, the recipient can liquidate immediately or HODL forever. Successful DeFi systems appreciate in value by generating maximum benefit for the maximum number or participants. This is commonly called “number-go-up technology” or NGU tech for short.
For details on how to design new systems that maximize benefits for the maximum number of participants, I would direct you to read Bill Mollison’s Introduction to Permaculture. In this article, I’m just writing about how to unlock infinite monies.
There is a concept from permaculture that is essential to understand how monies are related to one another: The 8 Forms of Capital. All 8 forms of capital can be converted into any of the other forms of capital. This is especially powerful when converting from spiritual capital to any of the others because it is generated in limitless quantities, endogenously, in living things. The symbol for spiritual capital is, of course, ❤️.
When designing an NGU tech system, it is important to squash any number-go-down (NGD) bugs in the design. An NGD bug is anything that could cause harm to the user, the ecosystem, or the system itself. I often use the term “vampire” to describe an NGD bug because they extract more energy from the system than they contribute and they are only a problem if you invite them in. In my role at my startup, I audit system designs by going on “vampire hunts” and “banishing vampires”. It requires that I analyze design choices as the end user (I am one) and feel for the sensation of fear. It’s an intuitive process, but it yields concrete results in the form of more NGU design decisions.
Physical Explanation Although popular science has yet to formalize concepts like acausal relationships and spiritual capital, excellent scholarly work is being generated in many disciplines to develop a framework for these ideas. In particular, Dr. Robert Lanza’s research into stem cell differentiation has led him to put forward the Theory of Biocentrism which posits that consciousness is non-local and fundamental. Biocentrism predicts that concepts like acausal relationships and spiritual capital can be observed. I argue that we observe these phenomena in the practice of building with ❤️.
Blessing Thank you for reading through this article and offering feedback. It is my sincere wish that you benefit from this information. If you’re feeling fear in your life or haven’t figured out how to move forward with building with ❤️, reach out to me through any of the channels you can find me and I’ll be honored to help!
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