posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 07:52 AM
OP, money is no longer linked to the price of anything, money is now worth what people are willing to pay for it on the international market. people
generally judge it's worth against a number of factors such as the economic stability and worth of the country and the quantity of money in the
system but at the end of the day the qualities that a currency's value is judged against are pretty ambiguous.
in the normal day to day run of it, in a capitalist society, money is worth the value you place upon your labour and skills against the labour and
skills of others. you agree to do a job for x currency paid at agreed periods, you then use this to pay for the goods or services others provide.
in this way it can be viewed as a method to facilitate fair exchange in the system you have outlined.
for example, if you look at a case where a doctor has a broken roof and a carpenter needs life saving treatment. they both require the others
services. however, doctors roofs tend to break less often than carpenters get sick and the carpenters plight is far more urgent than the doctors.
because of this the doctor is in a position to impose conditions out of all proportion, upon the carpenter, for his services.
in saying that, as things stand, large companies have a large reach and use money to facilitate the exchange of goods on a huge scale, around the
country and around the world. these companies borrow money, buy or produce goods and services with it and sell it to those have the requirement, then
pay the money back. this system requires a general agreement as to what money is worth and a level of stability that says money will have approx. the
same value when borrowed as when repayed.
modern culture is built on this large scale scope of exchange. if banks are unwilling to lend due to devaluation of a currency (worth less upon
repayment) or traders are unwilling to borrow because of inflation (worth more upon repayment) of the value, the system collapses.
if the system collapses, it will cause a crisis in the culture, there is no other way to maintain what we now have except through the use of money.