Where Does Value Reside?

In a newspaper I once saw two contrasting news items. One told of a laborer who unexpectedly came into possession of twenty-five thousand dollars, and celebrated the event with so much liquor that he succumbed. The other item told of a millionaire who lost all his money except twenty-five thousand dollars, and was so depressed that he committed suicide.

The laborer was overwhelmed with exultation at receiving what to the millionaire seemed a pittance not worth living for. The striking difference in their sense of value was in their differing states of thought. Value is entirely mental. What we think of something is the measure of our value of it. Says Moliere, "Things are only worth what one makes them worth."

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