Money, barter and Christmas joy
Sociologist at Gunadarma University
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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