This story is a great analogy about value…
A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it…?” Still the hands wer…e up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. “My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are special-Don’t EVER forget it.
I believe it originates from Paulo Coelho. It does bring up something about how we place money’s value above our own.
It seems we have things mixed up. Money has no inherent value on its own. We put an artificial value on it but the fact is it’s a piece of paper, nothing more. Whereas humans have an inherent value, every single one of us.
Instead of understanding that, we believe we are valueless inherently and we need to earn (or prove) our value to others and ourselves. It’s the error belief that we are valueless as a starting point that begins all this but the truth is – no matter how much artificial value we accumulate (money), because we know in our souls that it is only artificial, this direction won’t ever convince us (emotionally) that we are of inherent value in the first place.
Money soon enough though will be kind of useless anyway, right now it’s losing even its artificial value.. we might have millions of these bits of paper and their best use might be for burning and keeping us warm but considering it’s often made of plastic now, it’s not going to be even much use in that regards either.