Anthropologists will tell us there’s four basic kinds of trade that take place between humans, both modern humans and ancient humans. The first type is trade a thing for a thing, meaning I give you something now and you give me something back of equal value.
The second type is trade thing for future thing. Iither I give you something now and you owe me something in the future or you give me something now and I owe you something in the future.
This type of trade for future trade actually occurs in many many other animals. For example monkeys will pick the bugs out of each other’s hair and they’ll remember who picked the bugs out of whose hair and they have a kind of a very simple very instinctive monkey credit system.
Monkeys and Bugs
If a monkey has other monkeys pick the bugs out of his hair but he doesn’t repay that favor back other monkeys will stop doing favors for him. It’s as if they can keep track of who has done favors for whom who’s paid back there favors and who hasn’t paid their favors.
There’s a lot of other social animals that do this. They do favors for one another and they have a instinctive way of keeping track of who owes favors to whom and who pays back favors and who doesn’t pay back favors.
Even the lowest animals, if you don’t pay back favors people stop doing favors for you. If you look back through all of the different ancient societies that have ever existed including our own there’s a lot of similarities.
Similarities Between Kingdoms
You’ll find a very many similarities and one of these is war. They always have some type of standing army. They almost inevitably fight with their neighbors. They also organize themselves in these hierarchies.
One of the benefits from being at the top of the hierarchy is they always have some type of tributary system. A lot of historians will call this a tributary system but it’s almost always given under coercion, meaning the people at the top receive stuff from the people of the bottom.
Goods tend to flow up to the top. People at the bottom do most of the work people the top get most of the benefits of that work. Sometimes this is done under a kind of tit-for-tat promise system based on that deep instinct where the rulers will say give me 10% of your stuff now and I’ll keep it in case there’s some environmental calamity in the future. I’ll pay you back, I’ll take care of you.
I Need To Steal To Protect You
I need to take your stuff now to protect you, that’s kind of the common angle they use. Sometimes they actually follow through. There’re a lot of societies where the rulers build these huge storehouses that they keep grain in and they actually keep grain there and they keep it there really in case there’s some type of economic calamity.
When there was an economic calamity, when the rains stoppped and they couldn’t grow as many crops they actually released the stored grains and the people got their promises upheld. But there’re other societies where this never happens. The people at the top say give me your stuff now so that I can protect you in the future but they never ever give the stuff back.
These are the societies that tend to collapse sooner rather than later. If you look at all these different societies despite their differences you can find a clear distinction between that successful societies and the unsuccessful societies.
Trade Creates Inventions
The successful societies always have a very open system of trade. There’s a lot of trade within the society. There’s a lot of trade with other societies. Most of the societies that have had the most technological advancements are the ones that have the most open trade with other countries other societies of the kingdoms.
On the other hand, societies that don’t trade with other societies kingdoms, that keep trade very restricted within their kingdoms. They tend to not last very long and you can also see a very kind of close similarity with individual humans.
If you can put successful economic kingdoms and unsuccessful economic kingdoms in two distinct categories, you can kind of put emotionally healthy humans and emotionally unhealthy humans into distinct categories.
Emotionally Healthy Humans
Humans that are emotionally healthy tend to be very open. They tend to be very aware about their own strengths and weaknesses. They tend to be very open with helping others. They tend to be open with being helped by others. They tend to be open with sharing with others and giving advice to others and they tend to be very open with allowing them to be helped by others by taking advice from others. They tend to be open by leading others and allowing others to lead them.
On the other hand you can find a lot of emotionally unhealthy people that can be very closed off not only to other people but within themselves. They don’t like sharing with others. They don’t really like looking inside of their own brain to see what’s there. They don’t like taking advice from others and don’t like to give advice to others. They don’t like to lead others and don’t like to be led by others.
One of the common reasons for the collapse of all societies, if you look back through history every single society has collapsed, some of been successful for longer but they always eventually collapse. What usually happens is there’s a kind of a combination between mismanagement at the top and some type of calamity, some type of environmental calamity.
Good Kings Followed By Corrupt Kings
Even though some societies start off with genuine helpful rulers that have good intentions with a collection of 10-20% of the productivity from the people and they keep it may really believe there to use that to help the people, they actually do use at the help people but eventually different kings kind of have their sons and grandsons take over.
There’s a saying in China that all dynasties start with a good Emperor but they end with a very bad and corrupt Emperor. So even the greatest long-lasting kingdoms will eventually become corrupt and collapse.
One of the ways this collapse is because they kind of misuse this kind of instinctive trade where I give you something now and you owe me something later. A lot of the kingdoms that have collapse they’ve made all these promises that they give me all your stuff today and I’ll protect you in the future.
The Future Has To Have Stuff
When the future comes and there’s not enough stuff to pay back all the promises, if there’s a kingdom where the people in charge have made a bunch of promises in the past and they get to a point in the future when there’s not enough stuff to pay back, then that is when the society will collapse.
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