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@...>
> >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."