After the experience of reading about, learning about and discussing whether or not money is as important as we think, I have concluded that my opinion on money has not changed. Although this is true, researching the lives of the Yap made me realize how similar our monetary system is to theirs.
Being able to put something as obscure as bank accounts and money in digits into a literal example like the Yap’s money stones, made things a lot more sensible to me. When I heard the story of the Yap claiming a far away stone theirs but not having it actually made me laugh, because it sounded absolutely so ridiculous; especially because I put the two together and realized that is exactly how we live our lives. We can say all we want how much money we have but we don’t really actually have it in our hands, it’s more like to our name. Just like the stone was issued to the specific citizen of the Yap, money in the bank is issued to us.
I somewhat understand the idea of inflation in Brazil, and I remember learning about inflation in… history class in high school. But all I could think about was the Great Depression in the 1920’s, and how that was the only thing I can recall learning about that has to do with money in America that I found so interesting. How all it took were things like the Stock Market crashing and bank failures to cause that much financial downfall throughout the country for everyone. How money so easily influences almost everything in this world and no one ever stops to think about how corrupt it is; because when anyone does try to live outside the world of money, things usually turn for the worst. But what is anyone to do but to try and make the best of it, right?