Constituent Resolve:  Peering into Dan Larimer’s Judicial Proposal

Allow me to hold your attention by first examining what I’ve found to be the strongest concept within Dan Larimer’s recent blog post entitled Decentralized Dispute Resolution. I’d like to re-examine the intent behind a blockchain’s code as spirit-guided community intent.

Seeing a Blueprint Through

The spirit (intent-of-code) of a blockchain, rather than code-as-is, seems counterintuitive to Satoshi’s initial vision. Really, it essentially is, especially when looking at Bitcoin in a certain light. Shockingly, we are humans, not digits within a code. As most things, blockchain can be used to make us better, or devolve. 

Upholding Consensus Mechanisms. Satoshi’s philosophy doesn’t emphasize humans using blockchain/dapps as much as modern blockchain developers. Like a gun or sharp instrument is neither good nor bad until put into action, blockchain’s power must be governed by the community and not the other way around. That is, a community must not fall into the trap of being dictated to by blockchain code. It’s the rights of those who enact consensus that must be upheld.

Automation enacts what’s been deemed valuable, but cannot discern how things will come together in the future.

Note of Bias: I dislike the words ‘intent-of-code’ so I used the analogy of earthly spirit. Consider such spirit not as the connection the soul has with it. Rather, like a football player inspiring the rest of his team, even raising the opponents’ game, and invariably the crowd. It’s an ages-old topic found in the tails of warriors, gladiators, and on battlefields; not just the gridiron.

Intent-of-code. When I first heard the words ‘intent-of-code’, it brought feelings of weary, dismay and a thought of returning to server-based systems where codemonkeys enact orders given by greedy, overblown wallets. I knew what developers meant regarding intent-of-code from listening to speeches about out-of-spotlight blockchain solutions. Nevertheless, those feelings arose. I endured to find kernels of truth that led to a path of freedom.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. - 2 Corinthians 3:17 (New International Version)

The Spirit of the Law. Justice, Order, and Honor all lie in the spirit of the Law. Our minds can fail us. Such is the biological irony where a tendency to grow in wisdom with age reciprocates the chance of senility. Lower-cased ‘spirit’ (as in earthly manifestations) never does. Need convincing? Think about the mountain of effort that goes into just passing a Bill into Law. Now think of all the blood shed on both sides of the wars to get the legal system to that point. Whether a community does or does not remain faithful to the initial spirit of the Law is irrelevant to its inspiration. 

Maybe this fact is why so often little thought is given to something that can make a stadium feel like thunder on a Monday night.

EdenOnEOS Community Responsibility

So anyway… this post is entitled Constituent Resolve: Peering into Dan Larimer’s Judicial Proposal. Did you think I embarked merely to present my personal opinion? I hope to inspire in many things; this being one. 

Please, I encourage you to add to the efforts made by EdenOS tech-philosophers and EdenOnEOS members. 

Our first election is days away. Now is the time to plant a seed!

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” - Matthew 13:31-32 (English Standard Version) 

Aligning Agendas. Don’t let the following paragraph portray EdenOS as a mechanism for constrained opinion:

The point of being an Eden member is to voluntarily align with the community consensus so that the community can act as one... Being a member is voluntary, yet conditional. - Daniel Larimer in Decentralized Dispute Resolution

Are we to go along blindly with whomever is in a leadership position? Of course not. This is why the community records each round and carries forward the ideas that show promise in the lower rounds. 

Following through with Results. That said, we must respect the process so as to advance the core values that brought us here in the first place. Key to the community acting as one is aligning ideas of the most recent election. 

There should never be overt contradictions concerning ideas that were well presented!

Here’s my presentation for adding to the core of EdenOnEOS. I hope you’ll do the same for any text disseminated among those who might cast a vote:

  • Individuals can only grow as much as their environment allows; community(s) represents a critical dynamic in this regard.

  • No Eden member may infringe upon the rights of another Eden member; to do so risks active membership and subjects active status to a board of eight (4 chosen by the defendant and 4 chosen randomly).

  • The Eden community may only “come to the defense of the party being sued in [D.L.]” non-Eden-court.

  • “The purpose of intentional communities is to [D.L.]” follow through and advance justice for inalienable rights/power.

The power vested within an intentional community is justified because of shared values. Discovering blockchain-enabled justice begins now as EdenOnEOS prepares to hold the first election by employing fair and equitable technology via EdenOS.

Please comment, independently compose, and/or rewrite this text. I also encourage you to do the same for all others who present EdenOS governance ideas so that we may not merely do better than before, but proceed in refined fashion into the uncertainty that accompanies innovation.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. - Proverbs 27:17 (New International Version)


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