They were drinking in a posh bar.

“Money is the greatest freedom we know”, he said. “How many stories feature a bag of cash? No matter who you are, if you have it, the world is open.”

“But money can’t buy happiness.”

“But it is certainly easier to be happy when you have some”, he replied. “The bag full of cash might be the most egalitarian thing that was ever produced by any society.”

They finished their drinks and put some bills on the table. The waiter stopped them at the door. The bar only accepted electronic payment.