Money is the root of more then just economic progress and fancy statistics - It's a concept that puts vast restrictions on an individual's standard of living and puts a price on everything , including human life.Yeah, I can't wait to rent that 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse to store all of my bartering material substituting as money.
And that Yellow Freight truck to haul it around while I go shopping....
I can't wait to see what my boss plans to pay me with this week! Yippee! Maybe it'll be a pony! ;)
Instead, I'm stuck with these little green pieces of paper, and this small plastic card that magically connects to the small pile of green pieces of paper I have stashed in this outfit called a "bank."
I'd much rather dicker for days on end over trading an old radio for an ice cream cone.
Bartering is fine within the limited confines of a flea market environment, but if you want to live in a world as big as this one, bartering isn't that practical. And I certainly wouldn't put it on the same level of "good" as hard currency.