In order for man to evolve, he had to create trade so that he could excel in one occupation, such as fishing, and exchange his goods and services, fish, with others who had goods and services he needed, such as carpentry. This system benefited those involved by allowing its members to do one thing well, instead of everything mediocrely, and allow other members to fulfill other needs, which yielded a community where those involved relied on each other for fulfilling those needs. But, in order to remove limitations on trade, man had to create a long-term representative of a product or service’s worth. This spawned currency, which evolved from rare materials, such as gold, to computer code, the current, most progressive form of currency. However, in order to create a currency, the people of the communities using this currency had to decide upon one. This led to the creation of government, which allowed individuals from the community to represent the community as a whole when making decisions that would affect the community. Just like the power of the currency created, the government’s power was rooted in the faith of its community.
While America’s monetary system, along with the systems of most modern nations, may seem ludicrous when pondered, due to its abstractions, it is only as foolish as a government itself. Both are abstractions created by man that use both tangible things and abstractions to represent abstract ideas; government (abstract) is made up of people (tangible) who represent our individual ideals (abstract) in a society, and monetary systems (abstract) are made up of objects (tangible) and code (abstract) that represent our individual worth (abstract) in a society. These representatives exist to simplify the lives of the individuals in communities, instead of having everyone vote on every bill, or having a beet farmer find enough people who need beets and can fulfill his needs in return. Code itself was invented to make trading even easier by creating a way to pay others immediately, from next-door to across the planet, by using banks, which keep track of our intangible wealth. While the change from tangible to intangible currency does further abstract an already abstract system, it also speeds up trading and makes international trade easier, which is beneficial to traders, such as the fisherman and beet farmer.
Abstractions serve a purpose, even if they appear convoluted. Having politicians represent us in government and using coins and code as currency may remove tangibility from our daily lives, but it also simplifies and quickens them. Of course, completing online votes for issues regarding society and using gold as a currency would give citizens greater say in what a country does and is and give currency its tangibility back. Whether or not abstract representatives have run their course is unknown, what is known is that they have allowed for the world to become what it is today, at least at a faster rate.