If money is energy, then my bank account is a battery.
Working charges the battery, and buying things requires energy which drains the battery.
I think this sounds like a reasonable way to view money. It’s a storage vessel for the work that we do, which in turn allows us to live within the restrictions of the society that we have build around ourselves.
Thinking this way allows me to stop hating money. It’s not money that forces me to work until midnight to meet a deadline. It’s not money that stresses me out when I receive a crazy bill from AGL for gas that was consumed three months before I moved into my house.
Money is just the vessel that carries the energy required to consume, participate in, or possess whatever it is that we need to keep our lives running the way we want our lives to run.
Part of me is thinking, as I write this, that this concept (which is certainly not mine, but which I have started to subscribe to) is just another argument designed to distract us from the fact that our lives revolve entirely around money.
Another part of me thinks that even if this is true, it doesn’t really matter, as long as it helps me to focus on the important things. It is unlikely that I will ever see a world that is not completely governed by the flow of money, but I can definitely create a reality for myself that is not governed by the flow of money.
By trivialising money as a simple way to transfer energy, (E.g. 1 hours work = $100 = one very nice dinner for me and my wife), then we can start to think directly about work in and reward out. (E.g. 1 hours work = one very nice dinner for me and my wife).
At the end of the day, money (specifically “Dollars”) is nothing more than a unit of measurement, no more important to our every day lives that Grams, Metres or Degrees.