Everything on our planet has a value. The trick is to recognize it. For something to have value, it must do something for us. That means that things that we cannot even see have value. Actually they are more valuable than things we can see. It’s just that we don’t think about them or recognize them. Take the air we breathe. The food we eat. Some aspects of these things such as vitamins and minerals are not obvious to the naked eye.
Animals don’t have to think of values. They just put their heads down, eat and drink and get immediate benefits from these valuable things without having to think about it. Instinct establishes their set of values.
But we humans often have to think about it. We have created this thing called money which is supposed to represent or epitomize value, and to a reasonable degree, this is true. If we had the old trading system, it would be very difficult to cart around a table and chairs to trade for something. Since everyone accepts money as a common denominator, we are willing to work hard in the heat all day. Or work in a boring office, for money. Why? Because we know we can sacrifice this paper stuff to get other things which we consider to be more valuable. Motor cars, houses, jewelry, varieties of food and clothing.
Some people are brainwashed into thinking that the money itself is where the value is, not in the things it can buy. In this case, it’s the security of just having it that represents value to them. Like the man who rummages through rubbish bins for food so that he can leave his million dollars in the bank. Or the millionaire who refuses to change a dripping tap in the kitchen because of the plumbing expense.
Yet, what happens if money loses its value? Talk to people who lived in Germany after the last Great War. Ask them how much the DM was worth for a period of time after the war. You needed a small suitcase of them to get a bus ticket.
Such unbridled assignment of value to paper decorated with the heads of famous or infamous people is clearly nonsensical, and yet, to a degree most of us are guilty of it. How many people sacrifice kindness, human relationships, health and nervous energy, making sure they have the most beautiful house or car in the street? And the amazing part about it is that a lot of folks with lovely houses, rarely get around to living in them, because the time it takes doing 3 jobs, or running a business for 16 hours out of each day for seven days a week, means that the only time they enjoy them is when they are sleeping.
Should not our values be more closely aligned to happiness and contentment for ourselves and anyone else around us? And once we get these values sorted out, we can spoil ourselves with a bit of a splurge now and then, because we’ll probably discover that there’s money to be saved if we get our priorities right.