Life moves in infinite ascending spirals of knowledge. Every movement is cyclical and every force needs its immediate opposite to balance our world.
The theory of synthesis is generally attributed to Hegel, however it is very likely that some of his contemporaries coined it.
In this theory we can realize that for there to be evolution, thoughts or movements are needed in opposition to balance things and even more so: to give rise to a new thesis of more comprehensive knowledge.
This will always be infinite since we are always in motion and each situation demands a thesis with which to correspond.
So, for example, in our economic system the thesis that has dominated the world for the last 200 years has been capitalism and the antithesis has been socialism. A good synthesis could be, for example, a greener, more inclusive and sustainable capitalism.
In the previous example we must not forget that capitalism was at the time an antithesis to more elitist economies, centered on fiefdoms and monarchies where the slavery of the masses predominated.
Let's see another example, now with medicine: perhaps the first theses were traditional health systems, how to take herbal preparations and traditional systems such as Ayurveda. Then we saw an increase in synthetic chemicals from nature, which are probably more effective, but also more secondary problems. In recent years we are seeing a return to nature and probably a good synthesis would be to achieve the balance and combination of both worlds, both traditional medicine, modern medicine and chemistry.
We are going to. What concerns us and that is that in our economy and ways of using money we have also seen changes (and we will continue to see them) throughout the history of humanity.
The first monetary or economic thesis was probably barter, in still developing societies you could, for example, exchange one lettuce for four tomatoes.
This had its advantages and disadvantages, so they had to use methods to equalize the value of the products, thus emerging items that served as an intermediary such as shells, feathers and stones.
Notes and coins are also an exchange system. Coins have sometimes been backed by a protective value like gold, and sometimes they have relied solely on the trust of many people using that currency.
The system gave rise to the appearance of central banks, which, realizing the trust in their means of exchange, have often printed more notes and coins than those corresponding to the size of their economies, giving rise to inflationary problems and other crises. .
We are now at another peak in economic history, as discontent with banking and government elites, as well as low social mobility (among other evils) have created a generation of entrepreneurs who see technology as their opportunity to capitalize and to be more in control of your finances.
This is why the emergence of digital assets that allow more decentralization and more control over personal finances.
But not everything is positive, the anonymity and privacy that digital assets now have will disappear and will make us have less privacy at some point.
It is likely that when governments see their own interests they will join the wave of crypto assets and that for some time this form of economy will be the dominant thesis.
There are things that physical money does give us, such as easier to carry out a transaction very day to day (Like buying vegetables in a local town) to more anonymity when making a purchase (Contrary to what people may believe).
So when digital assets are the thesis of the moment we will have several paths:
1. Companies will emerge that will create physical versions of crypto assets and that will give them support so that we can have money in our hands for quick purchases and without leaving a fingerprint.
2. We will return to barter and more local currencies, this goes hand in hand with a more ecological life and a return to the countryside.
3. Something totally new will emerge, and
4. One or more combinations of all of the above will be given.
I do not know exactly how or when the synthesis will emerge, the truth is that I hope that the moment will serve us so that we can be freer, more individual in a good way and at the same time more balanced and supportive both between countries and people. And finally, I hope that when the moment comes, this synthesis will bring us economics and ecology hand in hand.
The answer is always in us.