Worth

by Christian Thomas Golden

“That car is worth $150,000.”

What does this mean?

When I say that a car is worth $150,000, I am saying that based upon a multitude of factors (brand name, quality of parts, quality of construction, etc.), I agree that it would be reasonable to hand over $150,000 in exchange for that car.

To say that a thing has a certain worth is to say that one would agree that it is reasonable to forfeit a specified fraction of his resources (time, money, etc.) in order to gain that object.

In terms of risk, we may find ourselves asking the question: “Is it worth it?”

What are we asking?

When running late for work, we are faced with a choice: speed to work or drive the speed limit. Is it worth it to speed to work, risking a speeding ticket? Is it worth it to drive the speed limit, knowing that you’ll be late to work? Based upon some sort of calculation, you then make your decision. Whatever you decide, you’ve revealed that in which you’ve placed most worth (for that particular conflict).

This sounds very much like a previous post (or, rather, several previous posts of mine) regarding love.

If to love is to prioritize, does it not then follow that to love is to place worth?

In effect, then, to place worth is to prioritize, which is to love. Those things in which you place most worth (remember, worth is not restricted to monetary definition), are those things you love the most.

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