I was reading this interesting book on economics recently. I like to read books on economics, I have for several years. I’ve read probably 15 to 20 of them.
This one was pretty interesting because it was about economics from a standpoint of ancient human history and how our ancient instincts are very supportive of a modern economy. It started out by explaining how way back in time when we were hunter gatherers.
Everyone had kind of a sense of an obligation to what they were supposed to do every day. The flip side of this was a stuff they were expected to receive everyday. There was kind of a an accepted relationship between the stuff people produced in the stuff people consumed.
Get What You Give
If you were kind of a mid-level hunter you’d not really expect to do much except for helping the hunt every day, but if you’re a leader then your expected a lot of and you got a lot in return. From a very ancient level there’s as deep instinctive connection between what we produce what we provide to others and what we can consume.
The more you produce the more you can consume. Fo ancient humans one of the biggest driving instincts of ancient humans was they were all nomads. Every single tribe of ancient humans had this deep desire to get more of what they had.
They were always searching for better places to hunt. They were always searching for better places and safer places to live. They were always looking for better places where they could hunt with less energy and get more return. This led humans to go all across the world.
It reminded me of the Gold Rush in 1849. Once they discovered gold in 1849 this kind of send a signal to everybody around the world that if you can make your way to California, if you have the wherewithal, if you have the confidence, if you have the belief in yourself, you can make your way to California, you can dig in the ground and if you can find gold you can keep that gold.
This was kind of a the very first kind of entrepreneurial migration that ever happened. People from around the world had to travel under their own power. They could only come with what they could carry very much like agent nomads.
For a lot of people, once they got to America or people that started there, every day they would get up and then we had this kind of ginormous goal way off in the future. This is very much like what drives most people today.
Wake Up And Get Going
You wake up in the morning. You have this enormous goal out in the future and every day to do actions to get closer and closer to that goal. That’s what it was like for these people that were migrating to California.
If you’re coming from the East Coast, coming to California would take a couple of months of moving very slowly and every day you had to stay confident in your ability to get there and find the gold in the ground.
That’s very much like they teach in various goalsetting courses today. If you have something in your life that when you get up out of bed and you see this enormous goal out your future that will motivate you to keep going forward. That’s kind of the best explanation of the human spirit.
Always Want More
Always be motivated to get something better than you have. Always be motivated to become something greater that you are and eventually this this one instinct of always getting better always getting something else is what created modern economies.
It’s kind of a common myth today that you have this one great thing once you get that great thing you’ll be finished and you can just relax. Everyone has this common idea. That if you only lose 10 pounds you’ll be fine. If you only get the girl you’ll be fine. If you only get that promotion will be fine.
One of the basic presuppositions of all economics is that we have will always have a series of unmet desires. No matter what your top desire is you will always have more unmet desires. Essentially it’s the human condition. To always be going after at least one unmet desire. You will never be alive and not have an unmet desire.
The Human Condition
Once you accept this, once you accept that it’s the human condition to always be striving after that unmet desire, that’s kind of the best place to be. The best place to be is to be in the process of getting closer to that gigantic unmet desire out in the future.
The way this created people that went from farming to modern economics is even though we are completely different or it seems like were completely different today than we were 10, 20, 30 thousand years ago, we’re still driven by the same instincts of acient hunter gatherers. Those instincts made us physically nomadically travel across the planet.
Today the same instincts make us to create more things. If you want something more than what you have, you have to earn money somehow to get those things. In order to earn money, you have to create skills you have the build things. You have to help a company build something and sell them to other people to get money so you can buy the things you want.
Honest People Create Massive Inventions
If you have an entire planet of people, kind of locked into the same idea that the more you produce the more you’ll get. This will create a whole planet of people always inventing more stuff.
It’s that same ancient nomadic instinct that lives in everybody that has created these massive modern economies. We will always have fantastic inventions.
Even though society today is much much different than it used to be we are still the same people driven by the same instincts. These instincts are centered around the idea that we will always want more stuff and that the more you produce the more you can get.
Do More To Get More
We are all driven by her instincts to produce as much as we possibly can that’s why today there is so much stuff. In 100 years will be way more stuff than there is today. This is the human condition.
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