The Sacred Grove of Oshogbo was one place I had been looking forward to visiting in Nigeria. As prevalent as indigenous religions still are in West Africa, it is often hard to find public expressions of them in towns and cities; the Christianity brought by European slavers and colonialists has taken root and pushed most of these religions out of mainstream life. But in the Sacred Grove shrines honor all the local deities, including Obatala, the god of creation, Ogun, the god of iron, and Oshun, the goddess of water, whose aqueous essence is made manifest by the river running through the trees. The place is unique in the Yoruba religion, and that intrigued me.
A definition of what an economy means is helpful in understanding the importance of economic systems. The economy is a structured system that uses production, distribution, and services to create a stable environment. Therefore, an economic system is the production, consumption of goods and services with a set of institutions and social relations to create a balanced society.
There are a few different types of economic systems such as capitalist, social list, mixed economies and communism. Economic systems do not have to be on a global scale or even a national scale. For example, economic systems such as distributism, the Japanese system, social market economy and Georgism are some of the available options out there. These systems may be state or private. A few are cooperative ownerships. A mixed economy is considered one with a mix of private activity and state planning.
The best gauge for the importance of economic systems is balance. The world requires a balance that will ensure the survival of the system. For example, the human race has to find balance with food, shelter, water, and even income in order to survive. Income is necessary in order to buy shelter, food, and other necessities of life. Though money did not exist in the past, we have an economic system that demands income be included in our survival. The UK has a capitalist system which the government maintains order to sustain life in the UK.
Since society can be part of economic systems, it is also an important factor in people getting along in a balance of nature. Humans are social by nature therefore an economy that promotes this social interaction will also increase the effectiveness of the economic system in place and the balance of one's life.