A little over a year ago I posted something on here about how life requires us as people to work to satisfy our needs and wants. Back in the Bronze Age, work directly rewarded us with our needs; If a man wanted to eat, he would grow his own food or hunt his own game. If he wanted to build a house, he would trade the food he grew to a miner for the stone and a lumberjack for the wood necessary for the task. But these days we use something called “money” as a middleman, which is convenient for me because in a barter society getting computer components would be HARD. I can’t make transistors and chips myself, and the local motherboard-craftsman or hard drive merchant might not want anything that whatever niche line of work I might be in would provide.
But I digress. Under today’s “money” system, I’ve hauled my share of boxes full of fertilizer product for our family gardening store, killed weeds in the driveway, managed the store website, and mopped the floors, earning the cash to build a shiny new desktop gaming PC. And though I can’t build that motherboard myself, buying the other larger components and assembling them onto that motherboard was simple. It’s like building that house, except I built a computer, and instead of going to a miner and a lumberjack I went to Newegg and Amazon.
See? The bronze age is still with us. Kind of.