Money Rewrite – Kevin Buttari

Money is becoming an increasingly abstract concept.  It has become less about the actually physical amount of currency you posses (whether it be gold, the fei or the dollar) and more about the abstract credit you posses.  Having money a few centuries ago meant that somewhere, there was a physical representation of what a person possessed.  Now, we may have significantly more money but almost nothing physical to represent it.  We just have invisible credit stored in a computer.  The most valuable things have become not paper, metal, or stone money, but two numbers, and a piece of plastic.  The first number being the amount of money/credit in a bank account, and the second being a credit card number.  The piece of plastic, known as the credit card, has revolutionized the way money is used.  It transfers invisible credit from an invisible account into another person’s invisible account.  It’s more or less just a pocket sized, modern version of the Yap’s giant stone coins.  To make things even more absurd, the card itself isn’t even necessary in the process.  The credit card’s number is all that is needed.  Making a purchase on the internet doesn’t even require a swipe of the card, it only needs the number on it to transfer as much credit as needed to the recipient with absolutely no physical contact between the two parties.  It’s absurd, but it has become one of the most common ways of making an exchange.  Looking back on everything, there are almost no differences between our modern credit system and the Yap’s archaic ways. The only difference is that our stones are smaller.

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One Response to Money Rewrite – Kevin Buttari

  1. davidbdale says:

    I don’t know if you’re deliberately attempting a minimalist essay technique or just prefer to write short, Kevin. I promise you, short is fine by me, but it’s much more difficult to accomplish than lean, or average build writing. I’ll help you either way if you ask, but you didn’t ask. I’ll bet you and I could cut another 30% from even these few words and make it brilliant, but not the way it’s written now. Tell me what you want and I can help you get there.

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