reply to post by American-philosopher
"I immediately said to him No you can;t put a price on people.
So what do you think ATS? Are just moving entities with prices on our heads with changing price values??"
Yes, people are a form of commodity. Yes, people do have changing price values.
People are not a product on the marketplace (except for illegal trades and underground markets). Instead, we provide a service voluntarily to either
freely benefit ourselves & others or in exchange for money which allows us purchasing power in the marketplace. We then exchange money for goods or
services we need or desire.
Peoples changing value is relative age, education, debt, and the will & ability to function. To those who love us we are priceless. To those who pay
our wages we are judged by what we bring to the table and if or who we know sitting at that table.
Example: A young HS student works a part-time job saving for college. Her basic skills job bagging groceries pays a low wage, she has minimal
purchasing power with her paycheck, and the governments etcetera do not take too much from her paycheck. She is currently debt-free.
She studies hard and good grades get her scholarship and grant and/or low interest loan. She is lucky to be able to finish a four year degree without
having to hold a distracting, time-consuming part time job because her well-to-do Aunt sends her a monthly allowance. She graduates with only $30,000
debt for college loans. She has no income.
Her IQ and willingness to work hard allow her to continue her education as she excels in Science and Medicine. Just prior to graduation her thesis on
the synthesis of Man and Monkey that was published by the impressed editors of The Important Journal of Medicine & Science cause a flurry of
excitement. She is scouted by many and accepts a research & development position with We Play God corporation for $180,000.00 a year. She graduates
with a total of $165,000.00 debt in school loans.
Ten years from now she has proved her incredible theories, received promotions, her work has supplied her employer with many intellectual properties
and she is earning $325,000.00 a year. Her school loans are paid off. But she purchased a $750,000.00 Barbie Dream House and drives a $65,000.00
Economy Car. She is deeply in debt with high mortgage with steep interest, car loan, cost of living and excessive credit card debt from buying too
many wants. She is burdened with steep taxes on her house. She pays incredible taxes due to her handsome earnings. Utilities and upkeep on her house
is high too. Health care is steep. She has multiple insurance policies. And there are many other deductions taken from her pay.
See now how her personal 'price value' has changed. As a HS student she made $75.00 / weekly with some taxes and things paid and no debt. Well into
her career she makes a bundle but she spends it too, and has acquired debt while multiple government bodies also take a portion of her earnings.
She will go through more changes in the following years as costs rise steadily. Marriage, children, loss of employment when her employer is sued out
of existence. Her husband leaves her for another man and puts her through a costly court battle for custody of their dog. For a time she is forced to
make do in a tiny apartment as she only earns $2,200.00 a month as a cashier in a food store.
Our price value changes with time and circumstance.