Even before Thanksgiving we were seeing lots of ads wanting us to buy things for the Holidays. Now
That people are shopping for Christmas gifts we're absolutely bombarded with advertising.
Everybody wants our money.
Of course people who make and sell things need income as everyone does. We expect to pay people for purchases and service all year long.
But sometimes I wonder why money even exists. Of course it's more practical than a barter system, but it only has value because we agree that it does.
And that's one thing everyone in the world seems to agree on.
Money is just a piece of paper or metal. And in our technological times, it's often just a promise of paper or metal.
Even the kind of money we can actually see and touch can't be used for food, clothing, or to build a home or furniture. And, if money represents gold or silver, those pretty things can't be used for anything practical except to exchange for objects or labor with people who agree on its value.
Of course, like everybody else, I'd like to have more money. And I've already done most of my Christmas shopping, so I've given it to other people.
But (and my writer's imagination is active here) I wonder if some alien creatures from another world that doesn't use money were to study us what they would think of money.