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I never said they were. I'm just saying that the only reason gold is valuable is because people say it is. If you were in the middle of the Saraha, how much gold would you want in your canteen?

Same goes for dollars, of course. I'd want neither in my canteen.

But if I was in the middle of the Sahara, I'd rather have an ounce gold coin in my pocket; I might get lucky, run across a passing caravan, and could buy a canteen full of water, along with a camel and provisions for a couple of weeks.

They like gold in the Sahara.... they know what it looks like and it is universally accepted there. They might not take a dollar.
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