Humans have needs. The need to survive, the need for fun, the need for activity, the need to satisfy curiosity…
Nothing is infinite, whether that is food, a substance, or knowledge itself.
An economy is the broad subject of a society’s activity in producing goods and providing services. Again, we produce goods and provide services, because humans have wants and needs.
Humans cannot produce anything, including other humans, if they don’t have the means to produce those things.
Work is the means with which humans provide goods and services.
What did you do today?
Did you use a computer, wear clothing, read a book, walk on a sidewalk, walk into a building, put shampoo in your hair, drive a car, eat food, listen to music, drink clean water, learn a new skill, wake up on a bed, turn on a light bulb, watch a movie, play a video game, put on a condom, wear a backpack while hiking, examine a map, get a cancer screening, listen to your unborn baby’s heartbeat, print a Word document, sneeze into a tissue, or open a fucking door?
Guess what? Literally all of those things came from the economy. Whether it was the research centuries ago to have lightbulbs in your bedroom, or even fucking candles for that matter, or the burger you ate, or the My Little Pony episodes you’ve rewatched a hundred times (I ain’t judging), it all came from the economy. It came from people doing work, to produce a good or provide a service, that other people want and are willing to trade something for.
When an economy isn’t running, people aren’t doing anything, and thus nothing is made and everything already here starts falling apart. Food isn’t grown or distributed, movies aren’t made, medical research completely stops, etc., etc., etc.
Yes, economies are important, and they can’t be closed indefinitely. Nothing you take for granted came from thin air. An economy is downstream from society, and society is downstream from humans just plain existing.
I will put this as simply as I can possibly put this: People do things, because people need to do things, or they die.
I made this post because so many leftists are laughing at people who are worried about the economy. I hope this has enlightened some idiots about what an economy even is, but I’m not holding my breath.