Money is good. Money is bad. Money is the root of all evil. Money is just paper with ink on it, it has no value until you spend it. Money, money, money....blah,blah,blah.
We have heard them all. Which one is it? All of them at some point. Maybe money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure makes it easier to buy things that make you happy. Unless you had confederate money after the Civil War, then you were just screwed!
Our economy is currently "in the toilet". Does that mean our money is Sh*t? Some countries think so. There has been talk of other countries no longer using the dollar for international trade, but instead switching to the Euro. That sounds good until they start another World War over there, then they'll be screaming, "Give us back your Sh*t paper!".
Why do we even use paper money? Think of all the dollars it cost us to make and print those dollars. I think we should use leaves. They are green and they DO grow on trees. Their value would be determined by their size. Big leaf, big money. Little leaf, little money. It might stop people from cutting down all the trees, and would most likely get people to plant more. Plus, you wouldn't have to worry about raking your yard in the Fall. In fact, your neighbors would probably be happy to do it for you. That is assuming you had any leaves left come Fall. Every winter we could just pretend we were in a recession, which would keep inflation in check.
They used to call money...bucks. That goes back to when the fur traders used buckskins to pay for things. Good thing we no longer do that. Most people would have no idea how to skin a deer. People would just be dragging around a bunch of dead animals all the time. You go into the store and the cashier would say, "Cash or credit", and you'd say,"Neither. I'm using the 12 pointer in the back of the truck!". Or you're driving along with the wife and kids and a dear runs out in front of the car and you scream, "Hold on kids! Olive Garden here we come!", as you mash the accelerator.