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The story of money
Story of Money

Before barter and gift societies, many ancient societies operated on principles of mutual aid, where individuals contributed to the tribe based on their abilities and were valued for their contributions. 

In ancient societies, such as those of hunter-gatherer communities, individuals were valued for their skills and contributions to the tribe. For example, hunters who were skilled at tracking and capturing game were highly valued for their ability to provide food for the group. Similarly, individuals with knowledge of medicinal plants or the ability to make tools and weapons were also highly valued for their contributions to the tribe's survival and well-being.

In these societies, there was often a strong sense of community and mutual support, where individuals shared resources and helped one another in times of need. This system was based on the understanding that everyone had a role to play in the tribe's success and that each member's contribution was essential.

Rather than using money or bartering goods, these societies operated on a system of reciprocity, where individuals gave freely of their skills and resources with the expectation that others would do the same when needed. This system helped to strengthen social bonds within the tribe and ensure that everyone's needs were met.

Indeed, for most of human existence as hunter-gatherers, an interchange was governed by social reciprocity; the obligation to be helpful, fair, and just according to tradition. To be fair to other members of the family, of the village, of the tribe. To participate in the essential sharing of effort and goods which maintain the community. To behave per the rules of rank and status. The kind of sharing which occurs in families, where repayment is not expected.

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