Monday, October 23, 2017
Economy & The One-God...
Did early humans believe in deities? Maybe. But probably not.
It’s interesting that religious phases are reflected in economic models.
Polytheism is the stage found in societies with limited centralization and who barter and trade.
Monotheism is the stage found in societies with high centralization and who create money in exchange for service and goods.
So it’s doubtful that early man, who were scavengers with no centralization, would have conceptualized gods, period.
But it’s interesting that the one-god hypothesis rests solely on money.
The beginning of “value” was the origin of monotheism. God is commerce. God is money.
But that in itself is telling as value is a highly dubious and subjective concept. Emeralds, diamonds, rubies, gold and so on are effectively worthless, but have value because they are rare and hard to get. And yet, to a hunter/gatherer they would have neither value nor worth because they have no practical application to survival.
Economy began with merchants. And merchants were dependent upon walled and policed (and thus organized) encampments that would eventually be called cities.
From scavenging (no gods) to bartering (many gods) to money (one god).
As I’ve said before, money makes everyone a prostitute, as everyone sells themselves (a service) in exchange for it. Construction workers sell their bodies to businesses to use to build and in exchange receive money. The same is true for doctors, accountants, lawyers and so on. We all sell a service (ourselves) for money.
Economy makes every single human being a prostitute.
And as economy requires centralization and regulation and planning, a society built up around it will perceive a mythology that reflects it. If the economy and the city are ordered, regulated and planned, then so too must be the world.
So this all begs the question of what happens if and when economy fails?
If economy fails then cities fail and organized and planned society fails.
Strange that in the end, the one-god would be cast down, not by the devil, but by out of control interest rates. Or in layman’s terms, a lack of faith.....in money.