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					                                                                                                             it’s a basically-held belief that the dollar

                                                        The                                                  is more stable and when you transfer
                                                                                                             your time and labor into dollars they will

                                                    Therapy                                                  hold or increase their value over time,
                                                                                                             whereas with the Argentinean peso it just
                                                                                                             ain’t so. It’s a belief, a pretty strong one,

                                                       Fund                                                  but a belief never the less.
                                                                                                                  Today, I bought gas and it was worth
                                                                                                             $2.78 per 9/10 of a gallon (why 9/10, we
                                                                                                             do not know) and a few weeks before it
                                                        The journey of an                                    was closer to $4 per 9/10 of a gallon. And
                                                       unschooling father                                    if a giant asteroid hit the earth tomorrow




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                                                                                                             disrupting life as we know it, the bag of
                                              by Nathanael Schildbach                                        rice in my pantry would be worth a lot
                                                                                                             more than that. It isn’t real stuff, this
                                                                                                             money, it’s hypothetical. You can’t eat it.
                      Tempus Non Olet                                                                        As many pre-World War II Germans
                                                                                                             found out, you can burn the stuff, but it’s
                                                                                                             not nearly as effective at that as a large
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen                                               limb that has fallen off of a tree.
at once.”                                                                                                         In contrast, I spent time the other
                                                  Albert Einstein                                            week with my sons at our local river.
                                                                                                             They were picking up stones and learn-

L   ast Halloween, I was at a jack-o-lan-
    tern carving contest. One of the en-
trants was a large pumpkin with a smaller
                                               the financial markets, one is not. In short,
                         
				
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Description: The truth is that money's worth is based largely on a collective belief in it. The reason the American dollar is valued over, say, the Argentinean peso is that it's a basically-held belief that the dollar is more stable and when you transfer your time and labor into dollars they will hold or increase their value over time, whereas with the Argentinean peso it just ain't so. It's a belief, a pretty strong one, but a belief never the less.Today, I bought gas and it was worth $2.78 per 9/10 of a gallon (why 9/10, we do not know) and a few weeks before it was closer to $4 per 9/10 of a gallon. And if a giant asteroid hit the earth tomorrow disrupting life as we know it, the bag of rice in my pantry would be worth a lot more than that. It isn't real stuff, this money, it's hypothetical. You can't eat it. As many pre-World War II Germans found out, you can burn the stuff, but it's not nearly as effective at that as a large limb that has fallen off of a tree.In the end, this time really is more tangible than dollars or pesos or loonies, in that you get it back, regardless of the current economy. If I help out my neighbors and build up the community around me, it will be there for me to turn to when I'm in need. If I take care of my kids when they are kids and show them what it means to care for someone else, won't they do that for me when I'm older and could use some help? So our alternative investments and alternative stock market do reap dividends - just ones that you can't put a price on.
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