I agree with Rol and Michael and others regarding the value of values.
But his one statement gave me pause:
In a message dated 96-07-05 20:47:08 EDT, Michael Erickson
"Values are the one thing unique to humanity".
I don't know, Michael and Rol. Values are not uniform across relegious
cultures, political boundaries, or even geologically diverse areas.
Religions, particularly, are holders and promoters of values. But as
Lazarus Long said "One man's religion is the next man's belly laugh."
I would say IDEAS distinguish mankind. And in fact, I would say that
ideas (new knowledge) are the key to creating value (not values).
All the traditional elements of production are free: the earth came with
the metals and chemical ingredients we use, we just had to dig them up and
refine them. Our labor is free in that we exchange our labor for varios
forms of these "free ingredients" assembled in various ways - bread, cars,
houses, toaster ovens . . .
But we'll pay extra for something which represents a better idea. We want
either the new knowledge itself or the form (utility) that it takes.
Just a thought.
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