idrj sapiens chapter 10

Sapiens A Brief History of Human Kind is a novel by the brilliant Yuval Noah Harari. This book is split into four parts. Each section addresses a different revolution that helped shape humanity; the cognitive revolution, the agricultural revolution, the unification of humankind, and the scientific revolution. I am on part three, the unification of humanity. The second chapter of part three it’s called “The scent of money”. This chapter addresses the history of human currency. We learn about how individuals use to use barter and trade as a system of currency, and how we have evolved trust the universal system we call money. This quote explains how people and society have been conditioned to trust money, and how it is one of the most trustworthy systems humans have ever devised.

“Money is accordingly a system of mutual trust, and not just any system of mutual trust: money is the most universal in most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised.” [p.180]

Money was the first thing humans could truly trust without question. Money is a system I’ve never questioned. It’s something so involved in every aspect of our society that there is no way it could be challenged or removed. It’s crazy to think our most trusted object is paper and metal; people die over this. But it’s not the paper and money itself; it’s what they stand for and represent. Money is just a medium of exchange, and our trust and use of it, is what gives it such a high level of power and importance.