# Riddle. Respond ASAP

Not all glitters are gold, or so they say.
But I, I have a mind that seems to disagree.
I will break down the world to pay.
I will take up the mantle of belief.
Matter or not, it’s a matter of thy.
No matter is destroyed, is the matter at time.
All glitters are gold,
once it is I that's ahold.

What am I?

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Are you

King Midas? A figure from myth who turned all that he touched into gold, explaining All glitters are gold, once it is I that's ahold, and somewhat explaining away the rest by that same logic:

Not all glitters are gold, or so they say. But I, I have a mind that seems to disagree.

To you, what isn't gold, is as good as, so long as you can lay your hands on it.

I will break down the world to pay. I will take up the mantle of belief.

You can literally pay for stuff by picking up e.g. bits of rock

Matter or not, it’s a matter of thy. No matter is destroyed, is the matter at time.

You don't destroy matter but you convert it alche-m-agically to gold.

Maybe

cryptocurrency?

Explanation (partial):

Not all glitters are gold, or so they say.
But I, I have a mind that seems to disagree.

Maybe the reference to the widespread analogy between crypocurrencies and gold?

I will break down the world to pay.

To pay with cryptocurrency, you need to generate (mine) some amount of it, but the energy consumption for it is constantly growing, which can in extreme cases "break down the world"

I will take up the mantle of belief.

Many cryptocurrency implementations use proof-based techniques (i.e. no pure belief)

Matter or not, it’s a matter of thy.

Cryptocurrency usually has no material form

No matter is destroyed, is the matter at time.

Cryptocurrencies are blockchain-based and store all transaction history (i.e. no "matter" for the any given time is destroyed)

Also:

Respond ASAP can mean that while mining, you actually must do some work ASAP, otherwise you will lose the reward for it (if somebody else does it before you).

Are you

Oil/Gasoline? Gasoline is a more intended answer.

Not all glitters are gold, or so they say. But I, I have a mind that seems to disagree.

Gasoline glitters as it has almost the same hue as gold

I will break down the world to pay. I will take up the mantle of belief.

Dig it up or drill down the earth to find it and refine it with machines to create gasoline

Matter or not, it’s a matter of thy. No matter is destroyed, is the matter at time.

It takes centuries for crude to develop

All glitters are gold, once it is I that's ahold.

Not sure but it makes the owner of the oil wealthy? I suppose