by Peter D. Capen
Author of Random Reflections on American Society, Politics and the Human Condition, a book of Aphorisms.
I have often wondered in a culture where everything is treated as having a price, including “human beings”, what if there was something that was “without a price”, no matter how much was offered for it? Where would someone draw the line and not be seduced by money? It is often said that one cannot buy love. Are there other things that are priceless as well? I, for one, believe some things, be they tangible or not, and no matter how insignificant or valuable they may seem to others, have an intrinsic value all their own for the one who possesses them. As an example, I have items from my travel adventures that I would never part with. One is an orange colored coral from the South Pacific atoll of Rangiroa, which was given me the night before the team was to head home by a local native diver who participated in our undersea expedition. The coral was carefully wrapped in a roll of toilet paper, no less! And ever since then has sat on a shelf of a bookcase in my house. No matter how much I was offered for it, I would never give it up, as I still remember fondly how it came into my possession. It is priceless!
You can find Peter’s book of Aphorisms here: mybook.to/RandomReflections