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The beat rhythm has its origin in the fact that we have to deal with money every single day — something that emerged in the 16th century Europe for the first time in all of human history. Great silver thaler are now being minted… and great is also the change that the world is now experiencing. A great change to the European way of life, that until now has been almost entirely rural. Cities are now becoming more important and busy markets are emerging.
These markets, along with many other places where trade takes place, are now combining — for the first time — to form a single market. They are becoming part of a trans-national trade. And suddenly money is everywhere. The markets, trade in general, require its constant use. Ordinary household items must now be bought. Money becomes essential to everyoneso they can buy what they need.
More and more things are now appearing in shops — products are available for money in a way that was previously unknown — in fact, inconceivable. Now, for the first time, money begins to penetrate and operate within society in the way that we all nowadays take for granted.
It is the beginning of an immense transformation for the people of 16 th century Europe. Like a departure to a new world, this transformation embraces every aspect of life. What an item is worth is no longer set by the authorities. The perception of value itself begins to shift.
People are freeing themselves from the prevailing world order. The unity of the church is breaking down.
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A deep crisis spreads throughout Europe. And that is a devastating transition. One hundred years of civil war is the result. And these fundamental changes mean an inevitable shift in our way of exke. The change in how we think goes deeper, much, much deeper. It reaches all the way into our subconscious. How do we know this? What enables us to see so clearly, deep inside our inner selves? Researcher Eske Bockelmann has made an astonishing discovery. He has shown that the way money now operates affects us deep inside, touching bckelmann area where we react completely unconsciously.
Money and Material II – Coins and bank notes
It has affected our perception of rhythm. Money in its modern form defines what we perceive as being rhythmic. There is a deep and direct connection between money and our sense of rhythm. So, alongside all the other profound changes taking place in 16 th century Edke, we see the appearance of an entirely new way of perceiving rhythm. This beat rhythm has its origin in the fact that we have to deal with money every single day — something that emerged in the 16 th century Europe for the first time in all of human history.
But what bbockelmann is this beat rhythm? This — is for us, definitely — rhythm. Secondly, this beat sets up units of equal duration. We just as easily recognise beat-rhythm when we hear a Bach bockeelmann played on the flute.
Here too are beat units with equal duration that group themselves into one-two, one-two. We find that very pleasant to listen to, always a nice one-two, one-two. But there are also groups of four: But we only notice what this actually means when we stop following this logic. A group of fivefor example, is difficult for us to grasp.
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The sounds are the same as before — but whether something sounds rhythmic to us? Aware of nothing except its effect — a very important effect: This automatic process, performed by our sensory system, arranges what we hear — shapes it — and changes it.
We hear the ticking in groups of pairs of ticks: One-two, one-two, tick-tock, tick-tock…. Given the fact that the ticks are all identical, the difference must be something that we are creating, somewhere inside us. This is precisely what our process of perception does, automatically.
What exactly does it do? But this is exactly where things become interesting. For this belief is wrong. Of course — people had also felt rhythm before then — but that had always followed a completely different system.
A system — that had absolutely nothing to do with the rules and structure of beat rhythm. We hear the difference straight away: Where is the — one-two, one-two — we had before? And this is because — this rhythm is not beat-rhythm. This reflex emerged in the people of 16 th Europe as the result of historical conditions. And that is something truly amazing: But which historical conditions are these? What was at that time so new? What can it be, that has compelled us ever since to — involuntarily adopt and use this — one-two one-two system The answer is simple, but astonishing: The historical facts point directly to one factor being the sole cause of this acquired reflex, namely money.
But in which way does money become an everyday phenomenon? Every purchase is simultaneously both a purchase and a sale. Money in exchange for goods, goods in exchange for money. In other words, we never engage solely with money but instead always with money together with something else.
This is how it works: Money on one side… …and any useful or attractive item on the other side. Now, when these items start to be bought and sold …they become goods. Money and goods exist opposite each other.
As goods, each item has a price; in the context of sales transactions, this means that it is given an exchange value, which is measured in money. This value belongs to the goods.
This value actually consists of nothing — but it follows the goods like a shadow. A banknote represents a specific value, but is not in itself this value.
Bockeomann this of course means that the value of an item simply equals its cost — in other words, the amount of money that we need to pay for it. We allocate to that item bockelmqnn value of the money that it costs, whether we pay with cash, bank transfer or direct debit. That means we make a connection between money and goods by setting an appropriate unit of value on both sides.
The unit of value on one side corresponds to the unit of value on the other side. This means that I know that these two units of value exist, located somewhere in the banknote and the goods, but nevertheless neither of these units of value neither are actually present and visible in the real world.
We have to create them — and this strange connection between goods and money — inside our heads. It is the conditions we are born into that train us to create this connection — a world in which the primacy of money is fully established.
A world where most of what we need to live can only be bought, can only be obtained in exchange for money. Constantly, every day, without stopping to look at what we are doing. We need to think like this automatically. So, in what is for us a very simple process of buying and selling, we have discovered bockdlmann particular ability, that our brains need to make use of every single day. It works like this: Firstly, we think in terms of equivalent units — pure units, that in themselves actually consist of nothing.
And secondly, we think in terms of these units bockellmann we connect them together in pairs, over and over again. We create units of equal value, connect-them-in-pairs — over — and over again. With money, our brain operates, unconsciously, in exactly the same way as we saw earlier with regard to rhythm. The distance between them seems im-mea-sura-ble.
But it is the same thought process.
We simply bockelkann it over into an area — where we no longer recognise it. But why does this way of thinking, that we use with money, also fit in so well with rhythm, or more precisely, with our perception of rhythm? When we listen in terms of beats, we also create units, more precisely units of timeand again combine them into groups. These units consist simply of time — pure — empty time.
Time — is — money. There is a close affinity between money and time, and a clear similarity of form.