chapter  2
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Regulation of Property and Provisions

Since the human race is under the compulsion to store up provisions and supplies (as we have mentioned in the foregoing Section), and inasmuch as it is not possible for some foods to last for any length of time, accordingly the need arose to collect what was indispensable and to gather what was required of every kind. Thus, if certain kinds should be exposed to waste, others less liable to perish would still remain. Next, because of the necessity for transactions and the aspects of giving and taking, there was (as we have said in the previous Discourse)1655 a need for money, which is the preserver of justice, the universal adjuster and the lesser law.usB In virtue of its existence,1557 and by equating a little of its kind with a great amount of other things, one is able to accomplish the labour of transporting provisions from dwellings to more remote dwellings: this, inasmuch as the transportation of a little of it (being of the value of a quantity of provisions) serves for that of a quantity of provisions, and it is therefore possible to dispense with the inconvenience and trouble of carrying the latter. Likewise, in view of the solidity of its substance, the firmness of its constitution, and the perfection of its composition1558 (which called for permanence), it was possible to conceive of the stability and fixity of acquired gains;1559 for if it were to change or to disappear, this would necessarily nullify the trouble taken to gain supplies and to gather acquisitions. Moreover, with its acceptance by the various peoples, its full usefulness was organized for all. By such minutiae, the providence of the perfection dependent on nature in the affairs of daily life brought Divine Grace and Godly Favour from the boundary of potency to the region of act;1560 at the same time, that which was dependent on discipline 562 (such as other technical matters)1561 was entrusted to the insight and regulation of the human species.