Gold had a wholly unique impact on human development. Nothing else comes close in importance. Neither fire nor the wheel changed the world; humanity just got warmer and began to move and fight faster.
Gold took diseased and brutal bipeds that lived little better than animals and transformed them into semi-rational beings who began to improve themselves and their lot.
Then, when Gold emerged from the temples, the change was even more profound. Once in the marketplace, its pre-established stable value set humanity onto a new vector of trade and wealth accumulation. A world where goods could be exchanged for a persistent stable value meant that wealth could be accrued. In such an environment, logic and reason became mightier tools for survival than physical strength or fleetness of foot.
In one short blip of history (relative to the whole span) Gold propelled humanity out of the stone age and into the age of the internet – from tribal savagery to social cohesion.
Gold is what made us human in the sense that we understand it today.
Gold’s absence is remorselessly and inexorably disintegrating society and bringing about the re-emergence of the tribal brute with all his primitive superstitions.
Without Gold we will lose not only our prosperity and all the trappings of modern life that accompany that, but also our love and compassion, our empathy and wisdom. Everything will crumble and blow away like dry leaves in the autumn.