Money doesn't exist in nature. Dollar bills don't bloom in the spring and fall from trees in October.
A million years ago, some greedy bastard figured out that picking apples from an orchard and handing them out to friends, getting nothing much in return except a kind "thank you", decided these people needed to cough up something for his labor in the trees picking fruit.
Rocks were given value, probably sea shells too. Livestock and beans came next. Then, once we learned how to produce metal and gave it a value, we let everybody else know that if they wanted food or clothing, they had to give us one of these valuable pieces of metal. Scoot ahead a couple thousand years and we had people with a lot of metal and people with very little metal. Coins were first produced around 700 B.C. because it was tough to carry a cow around in your wallet or one hundred pounds of salt.
The Romans produced coins which were much more convenient than pieces of metal and certainly much easier than exchanging goats for goods, although chickens were still a favorite commodity.
Some people grew or produced items that others coveted. If they didn't have many coins, they stole that produce or item of interest and thus we had the first robbery. If they used a sword to force the producer to hand over his products, we gave birth to armed robbery which soon led to the first death sentence.
Skip ahead another thousand years. The first act of credit, that is, a promise to repay the producer for the goods you need at a later date when you have more coins, led to what is happening today. The United States needs stuff so we borrow the money to finance goods and services. As the demand for these necessities grew among peasants and commoners. Governments of early civilizations realized they needed to borrow more money, and lacking that, attacked other governments to steal their goods with armies that were paid well for their services. Many of these warriors became noblemen while others became corpses. The first wars were fought over land and the imaginary value those lands offered
So now we have money, the value of which exists in our minds, and we have debt, another imaginary concept. The meltdown of Congress and the White House to come to terms with all these imaginary scenarios has a direct effect on the value of our imaginary wealth.
I you have your health, and make through the meltdown, you have real wealth. Imagined values printed on pieces of paper have driven us to the edge of a financial precipice that is inducing global anxiety and endangering our future. Imagination and its resulting anxiety. Has a deleterious effect on our health as we worry and fret and pray that these lunatics in charge of raising our debt ceiling do something before the clock ticks down to a very real economic doomsday.