only a born-again caveman
… values everything in money.
Yes, really … one has to be at that level to value much of anything in life in money. Money is after all just numbers on computers these days, of no value whatsoever unless there is something of real value to exchange those numbers for.
In a world that literally cannot function without exchanging excessive amounts of goods back and forth, money can be seen as a practical exchange unit. However, as value settings and exchange rates fluctuate with the deliberate and/or erratic actions and minds of millions of born-again cavemen all around the world, the less of ones values one has to declare in monetary units at any given time, the less one has to worry about in life.
As individuals we can measure and value anything in our surroundings anyway we like. Makes sense to use monetary units for some of our practical daily exchanges, but using money as “place-holder” for everything we surround ourselves with does not make any sense whatsoever.
“Degree of usefulness” is a better way to value goods, and “degree of happiness” should ideally cover the rest. Monetary units are mainly just disturbing factors in an otherwise happy life – all but born-again cavemen know that.
As more and more people look for happiness anywhere but in the world of economics, more and more laws and regulations are introduced
to prevent us from doing so. Not to mention more and more stupid ads across all media aimed at making us want to have more money to buy more of what
we have absolutely no need for.
Fun to watch some of those ads, but otherwise no fun at all to see our individual freedom being stolen from us.
playing around with values
One should of course use ones knowledge about how the world of economics works to ones advantage, but then preferably without getting trapped in that caveman world.
Getting it right is often a balancing act, as same thing can of course be measured up and valued in totally different ways depending on what factors we apply. Where I come from we learned that much in primary school, and life itself is an excellent teacher for those of us who insist on learning more.
My response to apparent popularity and/or necessity for certain goods and services, is to decide their values for myself with little to no regard for what arbitrary values they are given by others. Most goods and services end up with zero to negative values for me if I were to acquire them, but I may of course still (pretend to) play along with others when declaring values, if and when that clearly is to my advantage.
I do for instance value gold as non-corrosive plating on electronic contact-points, and for other technical uses, very highly.
I also personally think hardly any material in the world looks as ugly and cheap as gold, especially when used for jewelry and
Thus, apart from for technical uses where gold clearly is superior to other materials in some ways, gold is better kept out of sight, to be used only as back-up and for trading simply because most people believe in a pretty stable value of gold regardless of economic fluctuations. What I personally think about such a belief doesn't really matter … it works.
Am I cheating? Of course I am, but not in excess compared to the average business people, and a lot less than the born-again cavemen who literally live by lying and cheating to achieve economic gains.
Playing around with values as we see fit, can be seen as a necessity – haven't really changed much since the real cavemen walked the earth. We all do it whether we acknowledge it or not. Some are just more conscious about what's going on than others.
The good thing is that one doesn't have to become dishonest even if one knows very well how the game works – quite the opposite in fact. It is all about making personal choices…
I was neither born nor re-born in a cave, although I wouldn't mind living in one with my own interior design and good
view to unspoiled nature. Would really, really, be a dream come through for me personally.
Pragmatic as I am I cannot see that happen though, so making the most out of life as it is will have to do.
Elevating myself as far as possible above the world masterminded by the born-again cavemen with their many variations of “nothing but economics” mantras, looks like a suitable task in life. Gives me something of value to strive for.
last rev: 12.nov.2016