In somewhat a sarcastic tweet earlier today, Vitalik Buterin, the founder of the Ethereum Network expressed his desire to be recognized as a financial guru. Apparently, according to Vitalik, to become a guru, all you need to do is be the one who predicts a big phenomenon before its occurrence, even if you did not actually believe it would happen or have any valid reason to make the statement. Here is what he said in the tweet:
I officially predict a financial crisis some time between now and 2021. Not because I have any special knowledge or even actually think that, but so that I can have a ~25% (or whatever) chance of later being publicly acclaimed as “a guru who predicted the last financial crisis”.
Perhaps, Vitalik was pointing towards the gurus in the financial space, where often people make big shots at the guessing game. It is common to see famous (or not famous) personalities making unbelievable predictions, which are often backed by no valid or authentic data. Want to be known as smart and wise? Make a wild guess, and don’t forget to tweet it! The financial sector, and especially ‘cryptotwitter’, is flooded with individuals making countless statements without any worthy reasoning.
A tweet like this seems like it was directed towards the public, telling them to ‘get their facts right,’ and not act like sheep and believe every other statement that floats around. In between the lines, Vitalik delivers the message that individuals should do their research before putting their trust in another party.
Vitalik often takes on social media to express his thoughts; going on online rampages, debating on matters in a highly intellectual and logical way backing his statements with strong reasoning; which is why this tweet just might be more of a sarcastic take.
However, an official statement has been made after all. If there is any crisis in the coming 2 years, Guru Vitalik will prevail.