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Money the abstract illusion of finite value given to otherwise worthless objects an idea that our modern society is both plagued by yet hinges on Constantly we hear phrases like time is money and money makes the world go round and have almost been brainwashed into believing so attesting to its effect on civilization over the last several centuries As an item given a set exchange value the concept of money becomes closely tied with that of a commodity often resulting in the clouding of both ideas Going beyond its face value as legal tender the psychology behind money as we know it today is the product of hundreds of years of history and development With a multitude of possible avenues to investigate the theoretical aspects of money and its offshoots can be looked at from various standpoints including its symbolism its effects on modern culture its role in the lives of individuals and its limits moral ideal or theoretical if any Money is a symbolic idea of value that was instated to provide an economic standard for valuation of goods but instead gave humans the means to fundamentally revamp society and morality often in the name of profit For as long as it has existed money has revolutionized cultures and given definition to economies and continues to do so with every passing generation What is money Money is whatever we make it It is nothing and can be everything at the same time without attempting to sound poetic Money is the lifeblood of todays civilization and in an oversimplified manner of stating it a symbol Thus one is left to wonder the fate of our society knowing that its lifeblood is nothing more than an abstract symbol We humans by instinct do everything we can to satisfy our own needs so when the holes in the barter system became apparent we created the ultimate tradable commodity something that eliminated the coincidental dual-need requirement
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