So, then I have to ask myself, what purpose does money serve and what should it serve? I believe the purpose should be to promote merit in social transactions. To encourage ethical and beneficial behavior in a society by rewarding healthy transactions.
However, in fact, as we all know, it often promotes exactly the opposite. It seems much more designed for social control - imposing a sort of implicit serfdom on all social transactions, aims and behavior for those who require it.
While I agree that the current methods of distributing money do not accurately enough reflect merit or need, a monetary system is still the best way of controlling supply and demand. Anything that is in a limited supply must be distributed, any money allows people to effectively "bid" on items, offering to pay a portion of their total worth in order to claim it, and those unwilling to offer that amount go without. For anything that isn't an absolute necessity, this is a basically fair model.
See my point? Why would the first person in want all the bread when he couldn't sell it? With no money, there is no greed for money.
He could trade it for other things that are in short supply. A truly moneyless system only works when nothing is in limited supply. Even in the best case scenarios, you'd have people like those that line up for Black Friday deals, swooping in and getting as much as they could of relatively rare goods as they become available, and then scalping them to latecomers for, in lack of money as a barter currency, something else of equal or greater value. Remember that we didn't always have money, we invented it specifically to make things easier.
When you have lots of money it's more or less like not having money. The cost of things are irrelevant - you can just get what you want. I've been there a couple of times in the past, where I had alot of disposable income (oh those were the days). When you're in that situation, at least for me, you don't really want more or less than normal. You don't suddenly want to eat at the finest restaurants, or drink the most expensive drinks. You don't need every video game or toy. You just do what you'd do normally. Even if I had kids I don't think I'd buy them more or less than they needed. I know alot of very wealthy people who live their lives this way.
That kind of depends on how much
disposable income you have. I've been doing pretty good lately, more than I'm used to, and as you say, my habits haven't changed that much, but if I was suddenly making ten times what I currently make, for example, I would definitely buy a nicer car, nicer place to live, eat in fancy restaurants more often, that sort of thing. I mean, I'd still enjoy plenty of cheap stuff too, but I would make room for some luxury. If I was making enough money that a $4K per night hotel room was no more worry than a $50 per night room would be for me today, then I would do a lot more traveling and staying in such rooms. But it all depends on how much you have. I mean, if I won a million dollars I wouldn't go nuts with it, I could make that last me the rest of my life, but if I won 100 million, 99 of that would go shopping (after taxes).