I read a really interesting book about Africa a few months ago.
It was a long history, starting over 5000 years ago.
When the first Europeans arrived, they started to trade.
But they did it in a strange way.
The Africans would leave a bunch of stuff on the beach.
Stuff they were willing to give.
The Europeans would row up and leave a bunch of stuff in exchange, and then row back to their ships.
And wait a day or two.
If the Africans accepted their offer, it would be gone.
That would be a signal for the Europeans to take their stuff.
But if the Africans didn’t take the Europeans offer, then either the Europeans would offer more, or the Africans would offer less.
This is something humans have been doing since the dawn of time.
Back in the ancient days of hunter-gathers, when two tribes met, they either traded or fought.
Trading seems to be a deep instinct in all humans.
Kids on the playground do it without thinking.
Trading baseball cards, marbles, cookies for chips.
Even bees and flowers do it.
Bees spread the pollen and for the reward they get “free” nectar.
One of the greatest inventions in human history is money.
If all you had was a sack of corn, you had to find somebody that wanted your corn.
But once money was invented, the amount of stuff SKYROCKETED.
The simple creating of money, a metaphysical, intermediary potential energy for stuff, allowed for technology to skyrocket.
Humans split from chimps six million years ago.
The first coins were minted 2500 years ago. A fraction of the time we’ve been around.
The amount of stuff subsequently created since the idea of money came into being is staggering.
The idea of money itself is instinctive.
All mammals have the capability of storing energy, in the amount of body fat.
Today that gets a bad rap, but having a layer of fat can provide a lot of needed energy when times are tough.
Money is an extension of a very instinctive and very basic idea.
So why does money get such a bad rap?
Plenty of reasons.
One is we all have this idea of “lack.”
Two is rich people want to be the only people that are rich.
Since the dawn of time, these elites have come up with all kinds of ideas that make it easy for THEM to stay rich, while everybody else stays poor.
But the concept of money (stored energy from previous work) has been around longer than money itself.
Longer than people itself.