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Riddle For You

 What human invention has absolutely no value on its own?



















If you guessed money, you're right! Alone money has no value since you must trade it off in order to obtain goods and services.  If this is true, why is money desired? Pride? Power?

Azoru Azoru 26-30 3 Responses May 4, 2009

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Ignorance and/or bad habits perhaps. I think that sometimes the bad things we do don't always feel bad at first. It's the frog in the pan of hot water metaphor. You really don't feel that heat slowly creeping up on you until it's too late and you're beyond stressed, in a pile of debt, overweight, smoking six packs a day, etc. <br />
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However, on average I'd say there's a small amount of self-awareness with those circumstances and others are certainly well-aware of the bad things they do to themselves, so I think in most cases I'd guess incredibly low self-esteem. When I asked someone I knew why they drank heavily for twenty-six years they told me self-hatred. Same answer from those I knew who snorted cocaine, starved themselves and/or cut themselves. <br />
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It could be playing the martyr. They gain a sense of pride in being humble and that the trials they put themselves through can make them appear strong. Even though both terms are really better expressed to their fullest meaning in other situations. I'd say this might be the balance a person walks between the harm and the healing. These individuals understand at an instinctual level the potential for transformation, but are being held back. Usually by a mixture of the low self-esteem that helped create the martyrdom in the first place and by an outside influence whereby the influence produces illusions that turn into beliefs that stay stuck in a person's head.<br />
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However martyrs are made not born and I think the reason for low self-esteem and the self-hatred are being the victim of crimes, some illnesses, years spent with those with addictions, mental illnesses or otherwise dysfunctional families/relationships that dole out neglect, mental, emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse. <br />
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Within the last year or so a study came out with a finding that the amygdala and the hippocampus in the brain play a part in helping us to deal with unpleasant memories by temporarily blocking them out. I guess if I had a more limited space to write that would be my answer, but plain and simple what we're dealing with is unacknowledged pain.

You're right. Sometimes it is difficult to just learn how to let go of something.<br />
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And transition is the fuel to the continuation of life. If you squeeze sand tightly in your hands, it will only seep through your fingers. All that effort you used to maintain is wasted. It is strange. Why do we hold on to something that is causing us harm?

Fears about security. We never really own money, or for that matter anything really. As you mentioned, money is in<br />
a constant transistion, people go through tons of friends, lovers, clothes, jobs, houses, etc. I think we cycle through holding onto a lot of these from time to time as ways to cope with having to let go of something else. <br />
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We're always leaving and arriving somewhere and with myself included, I think we all have a hard time letting go and moving on. So we hold onto things we can't have or have no control over. <br />
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I have found though that striving to hold on or have that control is so exhausting. Especially when it's misplaced and the very thing you're holding onto is actually worse for you than what you're letting go. As an example: I still hear from people who say that their spouses or parent held onto drinking, but let them go. <br />
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Perhaps it's much better to aim for being a better borrower since you're going to have to eventually give it back anyway. That's the way I see it anyhow=)