Money is a necessity in and long lasting functioning society. It would be impossible to do without; nonetheless the thought of trading a cow for a few pieces of paper with numbers and old men on it seems ridiculous.
Today in a civilized first world country people fight daily, working to obtain as many of these numbered papers and metal circles as possible. This money has no applicable use yet it is acceptable to use to trade for anything else with purpose. After struggling through hard labor most people don’t even physically see or hold their money; instead a number is transferred to a bank virtually where the workers are told they have so much net value. Shockingly this system of having as much money as shown on a monitor or piece of paper is nothing new and accepted around the globe. It is a way that people are accustomed to.
Decades ago, on the island of Yap the residents used large limestone cutouts as money. The larger the stone, the more worth it had. Aside from showing wealth these hard stone circles had no practical use for the residents and were inconvenient to transport due to the weight. The owner of the gigantic piece of rock could change when used as payment but on most occasions the rock would stay in it’s place. Purchasing goods in such a manor may seem outdated but it is very similar to the modern norm. Our coins although smaller, have the same use as the huge stones. In addition most large sums of money are kept in one spot rarely to be moved, the exact same way as the people of Yap would do.
There is nothing new with the way our monetary system functions and it will not be changing. It may all seem ridiculous but it has become the norm. Just as the residents of Yap, people of today without question say that the money has value and therefore it does.