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Re: Currency, watermelons

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Thursday, September 7, 2000, 6:33
> On Tue, 5 Sep 2000 21:10:31 -0400, "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...> > wrote: > > >Just wondering... anybody's conlang/conculture *doesn't* have currency > >involved? Not that a money-less world is particularly plausible,
Sure it is. Money assumes that there are things that can be owned by individuals in a way alienable to others. However, in most human cultures, through most of history, there was very little that could be considered personal property, because there was very little period. Hunter-gatherers have neither need nor motivation for property if they're gonna have to carry it around everywhere. Hence: keep only what you need to live with, and provision for the survival of the tribe or clan first. Under these conditions, money is actually very counterintuitive. ====================================== Tom Wier | "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ======================================