Helping Out (Worth and Value)
Today, I helped out a couple of friends as they helped me out. I don’t have a car, so often, this group of friends (a family of three) have driven me around to run errands and pick up and deliver items. Today, they helped me get a bag of cat food from the vet, and in turn, I helped them out by putting up a shelf.
One of them, John, and I had lunch at McDonald’s, and John told me his view on capitalism and some of his values. John rationalizes that if everyone just helped out with each other and traded services, we could live without money. The curiosity is, though, how could that happen with such a monetary and reward system in place?
I’m a bit profit-driven, yet I also appreciate money as a reward, not strong motivation. Still, the idea of money can lure me (or others) into doing things. I didn’t need to give John and his family money to go to Wal-Mart, though to get anything from the store, we needed to exchange money. What if we shifted the rewards we received from monetary compensation to something else? What would you like to receive for your work, and are you someone who thinks that a capitalistic society ‘forces’ someone to work due to the need for money?
If there is value in our friends, would have I not helped out with their shelf had the transaction of a car ride not been part of the deal? How would I get food for my cat, could I not pay $76 for the bag of food? Who labelled food 40%+ more expensive in the past month (previously, it was $45)? Did it cost the cat food company that much more to produce, package, and distribute the food? What was the vet’s cut?
A few things got me thinking today, yet there’s value in that too. New thoughts → new ideas → new capital? Is that the proposition?
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