A while ago I heard something (from my brother-in-law’s cousin) that resonated with me: humans invented money; poverty and so many problems are due to money, why did we let this happen?

This idea stuck with me, it has bothered me, why can’t we invent something better?

Recently I was reading The God Delusion by . In it, he changed my mind (not about God, as he intended), but he mentioned that certain monkeys have a concept of reputation and won’t share with others who are bad at sharing. This made me think that that original assertion is wrong, humans didn’t invent money. Money is a tool that allows us to extend the fairness of sharing tools and food to a global scale.