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August 20, 2014, 01:36:10 PM
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O Bitcoinis
velut solis
statu variabilis,
semper ortus
aut occasus;
mercatus odiosus,
nunc bovarius
et tunc ursus,
numquam inconcussus;
egestatem,
potestatem
dissolvit ut glaciem.


The song "O Fortuna" appeared in "Carmina Burana", a 13th century colletcion of about 250 songs, many of which are a satire of the Catholic Church. The song would have probably remained obscure, it it wasn't for the dramatic composition created for it (and several other songs from the collection) the German composer Carl Orff in 1936 - which made it "mandatory" in every Television work requiring a cataclysmic background music.

The song laments on the turbulence of fate, the good fortune that comes and goes, the ease at which a man can fall down from the top of the world to a deep hole - and vice versa. On the face of it, The song merely regrets this sad state of affairs, but I believe it carries with it a message - that we should realize this is our reality, and accordingly show a certain degree of indifference. Since both the good and the bad are destined to quickly pass, we should not be sorry for our misfortune, but also not to be excessively joyous if fortune has smiled upon us.

Many parameters measure the success of Bitcoin, but the most salient and most talked about is of course the exchange rate. When the rate goes up the press covers the topic enthusiastically and the community is filled with excitement, and when the rate goes down we see worry and despair. But it is the nature of the rate to always go up and down, and thus we should not take to heart every fluctuation in the rate.

This is the message I tried to carry across with this song, which is a paraphrase of the first verse of "O Fortuna". I've tried to remain true to the original, but I have placed several significant changes. I do not speak Latin; I've done a bit of research and exercised judgement, but my main source is Google Translate so there are no guarantees. Casually translated to English, the song's words are:

O Bitcoin
like the sun
you are changing,
always rising
or setting;
hateful market,
now bullish
and then bearish,
never stable;
poverty,
power,
melt like ice.

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