After having been “awakened” from the brainwashed state that is believing that money holds true worth, I can honestly say that my entire perspective on life has become altered. I’ve been to the super market, used my debit card, and left feeling as though I had “pulled the wool” over the cashiers eyes. A swipe of a plastic card in exchange for a warm sandwich, Virgil’s root beer, and an ounce of Ceviche? I was a thief. I had to be, in what type of world do people blindly accept a machine stating, “transaction accepted” in exchange for nourishment? The type of world it seems, is one fueled on Blind Faith.
The Concept of blind faith is one that comes into play when discussing not only the subject of our society and the way we exchange currency, but in the people of Yap, who used massive limestone disks that sat, seemingly inactive, in front of their houses as currency, never truly exchanging hands. We can see a spattering of blind faith throughout the world, weather it is Brazil solving their inflation crisis by creating a new form of currency, and tricking its people into believing that the new money was better than the old. Or, right on our own front yard, where the French demanded the U.S. “put aside” the gold we owed them and so a few gold bars were rearranged, a drawer relabeled “French Gold”, and ding! America has less money and the other countries in the world begin getting frightened about the state of global economy. Now, who thought a little blind faith that the French had in us would cause such global currency frenzy. But when the entire world is running on blind faith, a domino effect is not uncommon. Weather it is a modern example of blind faith, or a more dated one, the simple facts remain the same; most systems thrive when fueled on blind faith, even if it seems irrational from an outsiders perspective.
When first finding out how the people of Yap dealt with the issue of money, using their limestone “coins”, we viewed them as irrational, outlandish, a joke. But just as The Yap had brilliantly large stones sitting idly on their yards, we have federal banking, computers telling us how much money we have in an account that exists only in our system but not in physicality, and a blind faith in the structure that as flawed as it is, keeps the world going round. It began to seem that as foreign as the Yap’s reverence for their stones was, our blind faith and reliance on what we believed we had, but could not see, not only matched, but surpassed that which we had once looked at as alien.