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Money, barter and Christmas joy

Jakarta | Fri, December 22, 2017 | 10:25 am
Money, barter and Christmas joy Long ago, when the first Christmas took place in the peaceful town of Bethlehem, shepherds carried sheep on their shoulders and three kings came from the east with gold, incense and myrrh to find the holy baby. (Shutterstock/File)

PREMIUM In monetary transactions, as described by Toeti Heraty in her 1985 poem, New York I Love You, the owner of a dozen roses feels that she is robbed of her beloved commodity when she sells her flowers. Although she receives US$5 in exchange, she feels her lovely roses are more valuable, because to her, a dollar bill is merely a piece of paper functioning as a means to an end.


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