What is money?

I’ve often thought about what “money” really is – what it stands for.

It’s energy.

We only have so much energy to spend in a day. We can choose how we spend our day(s) and are rewarded by our expenditure of energy with another form of energy.

Money is just a “frozen” form of energy.


It becomes unfrozen as soon as we spend it. I do my job, help others – and others do their job and help me. There is no way I’d be able to have the time to learn and do everything in my short lifespan – so it’s amazingly great that everyone has different interests, skills and talents to share with each other.

I’d love to see a world where we exchange energy based on what we find brings value to our lives – and that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re using money. I’m talking pure energy for pure energy.

Pure energy

When I broke it down to pure energy, I imagined the world where it becomes traded in it’s raw form. I need wood for a seat, but do not have the time or inclination to learn carpentry. The carpenter, however loves his job and gets eggs from the farmer. This happened long ago, yes. We’re moving back this way with many people working for themselves.

Where it got a little fuzzy for me was – where does pure art fit in that equation?

Art is not sustenance – like a sandwich. It’s not created for utility – like a shoe is, or clothing or a table are. (Although it could be!) True art is gratuitous and superflous – not necessary to survive, so how can I justify my place in the world where my primary skills and interests are not necessary?

A fellow artist pointed out that art makes people happy – or sad – or whatever. Art brings interest into this life & I can’t imagine a life without art around me. (Thank you for your perspective, Leanne!)

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What do you think?

Is there anything that you would like to add or do you disagree? I’d love to know what you think so I can continue to listen, form deeper understandings and continue to grow. Thanks!

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