Who loves ya, baby?
What does it mean to you? How often do you think about it? To what extent do you view it as an abstract, illusive thing? Does it have a mind of its own?
The term "making money" is interesting. As far as I know its an American invention. In all of history, you'd only been able to only earn it, attain it, transport it from somewhere else into your possession. "Making money" is the American Dream, a non zero-sum arcadia economy, where everybody can flourish on account of themselves only and at the misfortune of none.We're definitely living in an attention economy. Dissensus is a very pure attention economy.
What's interesting about making cash, direct, without a boss, is you develop this atavistic attachment to money, count it, delight in it, take pride in it. Like rappers holding huge stacks of banknotes to their ear like a telephone, or drug dealers spelling out their names in wads of 50s. It's very different to having some desultory amount simply appear in your bank account for services rendered.
as the representative of American capitalism here, I'll add that "certain ease and freedom" translates to less stress overall, which sometimes makes people a bit more relaxed, friendly. you can't buy happiness and money doesn't make everyone "nicer", but it can do so for some people. greed exists, but sometime $$ has a positive impact.When my firstborn arrived, 19 years ago, I didn't really have enough, in practical terms. Now my daughter has been born I have a bit more than enough, which is much nicer. If we need something we just buy it. There is a certain ease and freedom that comes with being able to do that.
similarly, I still prefer to write checks to pay bills because I want to have a monthly physical activity to remind me of what I'm spending. when you have auto bill payment where the amount is automatically deducted from your account, it's not "in your face" and you can forget it's an actual expense and lose track of it. that's the genius of Netflix, amazon prime, Hulu...you don't periodically reevaluate the value/worth of continuing because you can forget you're actually paying for it.It's very different to having some desultory amount simply appear in your bank account for services rendered.