In a world in which money evolve to be our main mean of survival, a deep conversation about value is needed. As it separate the rich from the poor, the successful from their peers and affect directly the future possibilities of any individuals. Looking on any western society will bring any kid to the conclusion that our current society work an a strange set of principals when it comes to valuation. One of the main reason for that is that the current concept of value and its measurement is in the realm of the abstraction, detached from its original concept. I believe that the majority of the people cannot explain to a 10 years old kid, why an Iphone cost more than a monthly rent, why a shirt can cost more than a meal and why hard work do not give you enough money to live well. unfortunately, there is some good reasons for that.
It is visible that in a world in which money dominate our existence, the fact that it is by itself and abstract tool has created a complicated mechanism that can be misunderstood. After all, if the purpose of money is to give value to real objects while by itself it is no longer exist in a materialistic form, a practical gap can be created separating the tool of valuation from its original purpose. Moreover, if our abstract money give value to solid objects (as food, housing, cloths etc), while the same money give value to abstract concept (As time, intellectual properties, future value etc), it is normal that a confusion and lack of clarity will be created.
As we are living from one economical crisis to another, while our currency lose its value on a yearly basis. The capacity of an individual to maintain a reasonable life by working becomes harder each year. This is something that we all feel and we are all well aware of. This evolution of money affect many aspect of our lives. Many people do not make children’s as they do not manage to maintain themselves economically, the capacity of a person to socialize diminish as he/she are missing the free time and The capacity of people to take an active part in their politics diminishes as they lack the time and peacefulness to understand it. Money which used to be a form a reward and tool to give real value to work and capacity, became the main obstacle for a decent life for the majority of the people on earth.
While it is true that one of the main reasons for the lack of money in our current society is partly due to the way our current socio economic system is build (For more information about this subject Click here), I truly believe that the fundamental problem of our current situation is coming from our lack of capacity to understand the ideas and reasons behind value. Due to that, I’m certain that if we are searching to understand better our economy and aiming to create a better future, a deep conversation about value is required.
It is value, that determine our wage, the cost of commodities around us and the services we use. As money become abstract and nations have debts measured in Billions and Trillions, it is not surprising that we lost the capacity to understand what value is all about. This is a mental stage that make us weak in front of our employers, governments and cooperation’s. By understanding why something worth this price we will be able to see if it is to expensive. and only after we can evaluate the prices of our commodities we will be able to evaluate our time, which is our salaries. It is not an easy subject, but it is not complicated one. In my next posts, I will go deeper into this subject. Hopefully, it will give to some of us some clarity and will help us create a better society.
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