My thought for the day is actually a borrowed thought from Sir Thomas More taken from his book, Utopia–about the nearly perfect, imaginary civilization of Utopia. The broader quote reads like this “For they (the Utopians) marvel that any men be so foolish as to have delight and pleasure in the doubtful glistering of a little trifling stone, which may behold any of the stars or else the sun itself. Or that any man is so mad as to count himself the nobler for the smaller or finer thread of wool, which selfsame wool (be it now in never so fine a spun of thread) a sheep did once wear, and yet was she all that time no other thing than a sheep. They marvel also that gold, which of the own nature is a thing so unprofitable, is now among all people in so high estimation that man himself, by whom, yea, and for the use of whom it is so much set by, is in much less estimation than the gold itself.” I guess to wrap up the main idea of this excerpt, I would say that wealth is subjective. Wealth is only what a majority of people have decided it to be. Think Beanie Babies. We were all sure to be investing in our college funds when we bought Beanie Babies in the 90s and now they are what they had always been, a little stuffed animal. And so, it is not the clothes that people wear or the gold in their bank accounts which makes them valuable. It is their own inherent worth, which monetary wealth could neither add to nor subtract from.

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