It has no independent existence outside of humans transacting tangible and intangible goods and services using substitutions that are standardized. Much of the money is created in second order, not really linked to anything having to do with transacting good and services but rather amongst itself, guided by other rules, even arbitrary such as political laws or thieving schemes.
But within the world of humans performing transactions, money is functional and through its functioning, it has reality. If you lack “enough”, you can die. That’s real.
You can but that is using alternative currency. It is still money because transactions are taking place.
The deeper question is:
What is value?
This meme is art.
a_ We are not going on a Sydney Walk. This does not mean that is not art but we are not looking at that.
b_ We could say that the graffiti is the art. But I am assuming we are not there in that environment enough to stop there. It has a greater say in “this is art” because at least an image of that is being shared. But that is not what is being shaded.
c_ we are sharing this meme in this museum, clicking on a link is looking taking a stop in an art walk.
This meme and our discussion about it – is the art, the object of my contemplation anyway.
Then it is even more art than I might’ve thought:
This is your art. Your friend took the picture but you shared it as art. Awesome.
In English, it is easy to flip any question into an answer or part of one.
“Value is what”. Ok, not enough.
“Value is what money is a metric of”.
You can code all of physics in money but you can’t code all of money in physics.
I mean you could… but you’d need to deal with the physics of fiction in the brain… then how that translated into the motor cortex in to actions upon the world, and then how those actions modify conditions in the world… and we’re far away from that.
//This meme and our discussion about it – is the art, the object of my contemplation anyway//