We are all familiar with one use of money: spending it to buy something we want. it might be a new car, kitchen appliances, a nicer home in a nicer place.
There are other uses of money. I sort of think of money as distilled power. We all know powerful people. The cop who stops you is powerful relative to to you. Your boss is powerful. Your children’s teacher is powerful in some ways. Heck, the receptionist at your doctors office is powerful. That is why she talks to you with such disdain.
Money equalizes the playing field. People who sell their beloved businesses console themselves by saying, “Now I not have ‘fuck-you’ money. If I don’t like what anyone is saying to me I can say ‘fuck-you’.”
That takes care of the boss.
Police? OJ showed what money does when the police get in a pissing contest with you. No money? It could get nasty.
Teacher? In a private school they are always concerned about a parent taking little paycheck out of the class. If the school is super prestigious it will not be moved by your implicit threat to dis-enroll little Johnny, you need to apply the carrot – that you are thinking of endowing a teaching chair, but there is this one little problem.
Doctor’s office disrespect? Come on. There is concierge medicine available for a (hefty) price.
Money is a great incentive, and if you have it you can incentivise many people and institutions around you