Price and value


Price and value

Price and value


The rich invest their money and spend what is left over.
The poor spend their money and invest what’s leftover.

Robert Kiyosaki


Market and exchange, consumers and businesses, production costs and profit margins: regardless of the infinite factors that define it, the variations subject to supply and demand curves, type and time, the price is a sum that you pay to have a good or service. We can understand as value, instead, the projection that this good or service will have for us and it is generally more complicated to establish it.

Price is the amount that a delivery truck will cost me. Its value is the work that its purchase will allow me to find.

Robert Kiyosaki’s quote at the beginning, more than an aphorism about the rich and the poor, is an equation that, adapted to our concept, becomes: the entrepreneur invests and circulates money. The employee saves for his livelihood and circulates what he can.

The entrepreneur and the employee use different conceptions of money. If we decided to reverse the roles, we could not avoid training and mental reprogramming, thus bringing the mind into a position of induction. This is only the first step, and it is the most complicated because, without proper disposition, efforts would be in vain: have you ever tried to do anything when the mind doesn’t want to cooperate?

Nevertheless, an employee is to be considered as a small business because he too must manage expenses and revenues. His problem is that the salary he receives does not keep up with a high cost of living. For their part, entrepreneurs complain of an exaggerated tax burden that, in borderline cases – the cause but not the justification – leads to evasion. In short, in our system, everything that revolves around money, finance, price, and value makes one cry.
I have certainly not changed the themes of the site. I don’t deal with economics. Mine remains a space dedicated to fiction and human beings.

And, precisely, when a man sells himself, for reasons ranging from social role to reasons of domination, from opportunism to necessity, at what rate does he offer himself and how much, instead, does it cost him, if it weighs on him? What value does he give himself in the marketplace of existence?

What is the best profile of the spirit in bad faith, when it continues to hide behind that same shoulder-shaped den? It is a doctrine that can be practiced either alone or in a group – using different cautions – but it requires the degree of zero introspection as well as an aptitude for infidelity. In the war of the miserable, some sell themselves for thirty pieces of money but also those who prostitute themselves for nothing, finding gratification in the ruin of others, a factor that makes them feel their misery less intense. And what about those who kneel for fashion, for militancy, and desperately need to be seen?

In the great bazaar of souls for sale, it is impossible to establish the value of those who buy – of those who can buy – and of those who have created and manage that market, where everything is possible and attainable, where there is no longer any difference between ends, means, and ethics, and if there is a difference, it is only in the price.

What, then, is the final price of a being for sale? And its value? The price of a whole life?


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