Why are people so weird about money?

They don’t want to owe it, though they are happy to owe favors or library books. They don’t want anyone to pay for kidneys or sex, though it’s wonderful to receive those things without monetary exchange. They don’t want people to be motivated by it, though they may be driven by desire for respect and other selfish motives. It should be distributed fairly, though nobody wants to redistribute kidneys or family or books or sunshine. You can’t pay friends small amounts to do stuff for you, like your washing up, though you can barter with them. People usually get awkward when it’s time to split the bill, but not when it’s time to split the cake. etc.

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