Saturday night I was having a conversation with JR Lovins (whose Generations Worship CD was officially released this weekend with an incredible worship service)...
Anyway, the gist of the conversation was how noone under the age of thirty carries cash anymore.
To my/our generation, money is strickly numbers in accounts, which is basically another set of numbers. I'm always broke. Virtually, however, I'm doing okay. ATMs, Online Banking, Direct Deposit. If I didn't own businesses, I don't think I would know where my bank is. Honestly, I'm okay with that. You're talking to a guy that still has an uncashed check that was given to me as a gift for my birthday... over a year ago!
Then I see a commercial for the next version of Monopoly... The Electronic Banking Version. Evidently, Monopoly now comes with a computerized banking system, and all players are given ATM cards. To charge rent, the leasee debits his account, and the leasor gets the money put on his virtual ATM account.
I'm really not okay with this.
Not because I'm a Monopoly purist.
Not because it takes learning away from a board game.
Not because we're preparing our children for the Mark of the Beast.
I'm upset because it's preventing me from cheating in Monopoly.
I'll go ahead and say it. I'm the world's best cheat in Monopoly. My wife is my witness here. I stash about $3,000 worth of $500 bills on me, and when necessary I can produce the cash I need w/o anyone seeing. But how am I supposed to stack my piggy bank if "we're doing it electronically"...
So, for my 12 game Monopoly win streak, I am officially boycotting the Monopoly: Electronic Banking version. I perfer my pretend world to have physical cash... and my physical world to have virtual cash. Weird, huh?
Honestly, if you're thirty or under, how much cash do you have on you at any one time?