The Price of Everything and The Value of Nothing

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

In this modern world, it is easy to get caught up on valuing things based on the monetary value, especially while in full swing of the gift giving holiday.

We think we are getting ‘bargains’, when we leave our loved ones before 3pm on Thanksgiving to get a ‘deal’. You may know the price you want to snag, but what is the long term cost… financially, socially and environmentally speaking?

We must stop and think about this concept of price versus value.

Can we really put a price on clean drinking water and fresh air? We can live without a TV and oil, but we can’t survive without clean air and water.

We can survive on cheap processed food, but we can’t thrive on food that is loaded with chemicals and has little nutritional value.

Going beyond our basic physiological needs, can we put a price on integrity, authenticity, cooperation, kindness and love? If we compromise these innate character traits for money, then we have lost value in ourselves.

Here is a great video showing so much value in something that is being advertised as FREE. To get the full effect, watch the entire 3 minutes and 40 seconds.


How about you? Do you focus too much on what things cost? Or do you value the things in life that can’t be monetized?

 

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14 thoughts on “The Price of Everything and The Value of Nothing

  1. I think when I was younger I was penny wise and pound foolish. I’ve recently begun to work out again with a trainer and I decided I rather spend $600 a year with a trainer than paying $600 a year at the doctor. I figure in the long run that it will also pay off. In my younger days though I would have scoffed at paying that much money. Thanks for the awesome article!!!

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    • I love that! I totally feel the same way. I’m looking into a trainer or health coach of some sort and possibly somewhere to do a juice cleanse. Like you, I think it will pay off in the end. I also feel the same way about travel. It is something that I need to do and it is some great medicine for me. 🙂

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      • Let me know if I can be of any help with health, nutrition, or exercise. I’ve lots of information I could share. 🙂

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  2. I try my best to not focus on the costs of things but rather on the value they bring to my life. Especially during the holiday season. I find more joy and fulfillment in spending time with family and friends rather than spending money on gifts, both given and received. Also, free hugs are awesome!

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  3. I try my best to not focus on the costs of things but rather on the value they bring to my life. Especially during the holiday season. I find more joy and fulfillment in spending time with family and friends rather than spending money on gifts, both given and received. Also, free hugs are awesome!

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  5. Totally valuing the things that money can’t buy these days! Didn’t do the greatest job at that before that’s for sure. Relationships ending, the loss of one’s parents, seeing friends die way too early, it all begins to wake you up. And what seemed important before no longer is.

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  6. Price versus value is huge. I used to always try to get deals. Now I try to get nothing and when I do by something, it is with the intention that the item will last for years.

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  7. I needed this today. Not related to monetary costs, but I’ve been home sick this afternoon and have spent the better part of my time feeling guilty about not being at work, not getting anything done at home, etc. I need to realize the cost of this behavior and start investing more in my own health and wellbeing. Thank you for an amazing post!

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  8. I look at this a bit differently. Money is just a measurement of value. So is happiness or anything else. The key is just to convert it into the same unit of measure. One unit of cash is not the same as one unit of happiness or one unit of love. So to convert it you have to think about how much money you’d give up to get that happiness or love back. Or alternatively how much happiness that unit of money bought, and then compare to its counterpart. Money has no value onto itself except our (societies ) perception of it. Even within society different people have a different value to a dollar. So you can’t rely on price in dollars as a comparison.

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