Money was invented to make it possible for a foolish man to control wise men; a weak man, strong men; a child, old men; an ignorant man, knowledgeable men; and for a dwarf to control giants
— Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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Mokhonoana seems to be pointing out how the possession of wealth, represented by money, can distort natural hierarchies and enable those who are “foolish”, “weak”, “children”, “ignorant” or “dwarves” to dominate and control individuals who are their intellectual or physical superiors.
The quote portrays money as an invention that upends normal power dynamics in society by making financial capital and the ability to accumulate wealth more important than inherent personal attributes or characteristics. It presents a critical view of how money can corrupt the proper order of authority and influence.