The phenomenon that came to prominence as a result of a widespread affliction of the Humanity species by a type of paranoia that euphemistically came to be known as “ownership”. The first humans afflicted by ownership presented with symptoms of extreme insecurity, leading to feelings of competition towards other humans, the drawing of borders, founding of nations, exhaustion of resources, and in the worst cases, war. Once all humans had been infected, they realized that they could temporarily alleviate each others’ symptoms by “trading” with each other into perpetuity: exchanging and acquiring one item for another in a never-ending frenzy that initially began with things that they needed, and eventually expanded to include anything and everything that exists on Earth, including other humans. As the disease progressed, the species became even more paranoid and mentally exhausted by the constant chase. Falling into an existential depression, it never managed to self-diagnose the reasons behind its deep unhappiness, because it always sought for solutions through more trade, salaries, money and other so-called “financial instruments” that were quite often not even part of the real world. This eventually became an evolutionary dead end for the species, and a chance for the planet to recover from the impact that hundreds of years of ownership and trade had inflicted on all other life forms.
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