I AM RUNNING FROM
MIAMI TO SAN FRANCISCO
Standing on the Atlantic ocean, facing west, and preparing to run until you can dip your foot in the Pacific seems idiotic. There’s an overwhelming amount of miles between here and there. It’s daunting. So much so that it feels ridiculous to even attempt. Why bother?
In between these two coasts, more than 1,750,000 people will be homeless tonight. More than 3.5 million people will be homeless this year. And by many accounts, including my own experiences, those numbers are probably low. The homeless hide. Embarrassed by circumstance and unwilling to speak up because of the way they are treated in this country. This too is daunting.
And we can go on. In this land between two oceans we have over 12 million children living in poverty. This year, over 100 million people will experience some level of food insecurity; not knowing where their next meal will come from. And in this country, the richest nation on Earth, those same 100 million are unbanked or underbanked, denied access to the basic financial services that build personal security. Almost guaranteeing this cycle will continue.
When you look at all of those problems, this all seems insurmountable.
Why would we even bother?
I get asked that all the time. The reason is that none of it has to be this way. While the reasons behind homelessness and huger are very complex, the solutions are relatively simple.
No one is waiting around to find a cure for hunger.
Everyday, we throw away enough food in this country to feed the ENTIRE WORLD.
We don’t have to invest billions of dollars in research and development to know that the cure for homelessness is a home. Meanwhile 1 in 200 Americans is homeless and 1 in 7 homes sits empty.
And while the game is rigged on the American banking system, bitcoin changes that entire game. It tears down the walls built to deny access to the financial systems and gives control over personal economic freedom to anyone who wants to wield it.
So maybe all is not lost. Maybe we just need more awareness. Maybe we just need to have real conversations about the problems so we can work together on finding lasting solutions. One piece at a time, step by step, until our daunting, idiotic problems seem completely reasonable.“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
My name is Jason King, the founder of Sean’s Outpost. I’m a homeless advocate and bitcoin evangelist from Pensacola, FL. With the help of my wonderful family and an amazing partnership with KryptoKit.com I am running from Miami Beach, Florida to San Francisco, California.
Raising awareness for bitcoin.
Starting the conversation to find solutions to the problems of hunger and homelessness in America.
One step at a time.
PS – I’m leaving from the North American Bitcoin Conference on January 26th.
PPS – I will be making a pitstop at the Texas Bitcoin Conference on March 6th, if I don’t die. SEE YOU THERE!
Food. Shelter. Bitcoin. Everybody