Sunday, July 26, 2015

All Money Is Currency, Not All Currency Is Money

"As you well know, we all have secrets, wizards more than most. If we all knew each other's secrets, it would prove to be a very strange world. Besides, it would take all the fun out of the telling of them."
-Zedd from Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Strange, to be sure, among other things.

Secrets keep us safe, both safe from embarrassment and from harm. Sometimes, though, keeping them can be dangerous. In both respects, they can be treated as currency.

I deal little in secrets, but much in knowledge and information, which can also be used as currency, though it has less of a likeliness to cause harm to a particular individual. Instead, it can cause harm to many, used or shared without due caution.

I have tried writing stories on this concept, but they don't form easily. Dealing in secrets is generally hurtful, and only those with the willingness to cause pain to others would find a livelihood in it. Placing an arbitrary point value, independent of any actual monetary-based currency, on the value of information, on the other hand, is far easier to build with a trustworthy character. Easier, but still difficult.

I think the problem is that the idea isn't strong enough to be the primary concept for a story, though it would perform well as a secondary concept. Unfortunately, I am working on too few stories right now and none of them mesh with this concept.

It has been sitting in my idea file for some time, and it's going to have to stay there for some time longer.