Monkey left in an island would survive easily, but men won’t survive easily.
But humans control the world because they cooperate, and that is thanks to the ability of think outside of reality. Humans use their language to create new fictional reality; if other people believe to that fictional reality (e.g. “there is a God and a paradise”), then they’ll obey, follow the rules and cooperate. Animals don’t do that, you’ll never convince a monkey to give you a banana for paradise.
Nations, Religion, Politics, Corporation, working for corporations, money, they are all just stories human invented. Money too is an objective reality, it has value (you can’t drink it nor eat it), but we all obey to our rules to exchange it for real object. Exampea: Monkeys trade too (a monkey can trade a cononut for banana), but will never trade it for a piece of paper as they are not able to believe in recognising the paper as way to exchange food.
human have to create, follow and fiction.
Notes from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzj7Wg4DAbs