While it’s fun (and accurate) to compare the Bitcoin community to a cult, how well can you, our loyal readers, tell the two apart? Inspired by this absurd post on Twitter, we started wondering.
Following are a selection of quotes, either from the leader of a dangerous (or harmless, in some cases) cult, or from a random bitcoiner who has been selected from a massive pool of dangerous sociopaths. See if you can figure out which is which without cheating via search engine:
1: You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody’s crazy.
2: My whole life I have suffered from poverty and have faced many disappointments and pain, like a man is used to. That is why I want to make other people happy.
3: This is a warning that if any of you attempt to kill me, all you will do is prove my reality right. In which that moment I would gain supernatural abilities.
4: We have to relearn, reprogram our brains… the method to do so is to observe if the thought comes and analyze it and replace it then with a better one.
5: If many people listen to me, that’s not my choice, it is theirs and they make it because of how I speak, not despite of it.
6: Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story
7: MAKE MONEY. MAKE MORE MONEY. MAKE OTHER PEOPLE PRODUCE SO AS TO MAKE MORE MONEY.
8: There is something to the Jewish lobby. They definitely wield large influence. They, like many others wield great power in the world.
9: The democratic world has come to a dead end; likewise, the communist world has come to a dead end.
10: Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Because in this case the cure is worse than the supposed disease.
11: We need a political organization to protect us and help us resist illegal governments.
12: Yes, we are in a transitional period and some of it might not be too pleasing to some, but to those who understand, it will be pleasing.
13: There is no direct profit for the church itself. But we have many prophets.
14: Okay, here’s an individual who says, “I will break away from the world.” Now breaking away from the world is not easy. It’s difficult. It’s tough.
15: Reason is man’s main means of survival. Force is bad because it is anti reason and therefore anti man.
16: Up to this point everything I had learned seemed ideological and somewhat abstract, but I felt the need to point out these truths to others.
After the break we’ll provide the answers.
1: Charlie Manson
2: Jim Jones
3: some Bitcoiner
5: some Bitcoiner
6: Harold Camping
7: L. Ron Hubbard
8: some Bitcoiner
9: Sun Myung Moon
10: some Bitcoiner
11: some Bitcoiner
12: George Adamski
13: some Bitcoiner
14: Marshall Applewhite
15: some Bitcoiner
16: some Bitcoiner