The Money Medium
Money: A Mystical Substance
The role of money in human narratives is outright esoteric: People spend days and nights trying to collect it, a mystical substance that becomes all things. The transformation isn’t magic, there’s people making it happen, sacrificing time and energy in your favor in exchange for it. It's not immediately obvious but money is a technology for cooperation, a way of making your needs compatible with everyone else’s. With it, the problem of satisfying needs and wants becomes predictable, a matter of heading to market and paying for a solution.
And yet, the human relationship with money is incredibly fraught. Despite proving itself a great solution to human cooperation, money remains a trouble of its own. You may have already appreciated through life, that when behavior is motivated by money something breaks down, a special cycle. Each new medium brings new troubles and the money medium was no exception. And if we are to explain the particulars of the money-trouble, we need to start looking somewhere.
The monetized act of paying is full of nuance worth discovering. A first aspect we can explore is our felt sense of value, a special "something" that emerges in relation to how things make you feel. Consider this work an attempt to articulate the ways this sense emerges, the ways it is transacted with, and the repercussions of doing so.