Aprilish, 2020The New Money
"They're currency because they're rare, and they're useful. They're currency because anywhere you go, they equal food."
Traditional money— bills, coins, bank accounts— were a hallmark of the Falling. Their steady drop in value came to shadow the tale of a culture that lost its worth. And when the dust settled, a new form of primate came to roam this earth. One not so fascinated by numbers on paper, a race unheld captive by the trinkets of Before.
Food, water, knowledge— these are the assets of independence, these are the money of today. What use have coins now? And inky morsels of paper? More benefit to be had of a bottlecap and a clean scrap of looseleaf.
Even gold has lost most appeal. What can it do? How can it help me survive?
And so, in this world lacking network, a new currency has taken root: Seeds.
Seeds are plants. They are food, materials, assistants. They are gardens, forests and jungles. Seeds become ecosystems. They find, clean and store water. They attract animals, insects and microbes. They freshen our air and heal our tattered atmosphere. Plants equal life. They mean we get to go on.