Carol and I had another relevant discussion last night in which I realized how arbitrary and illusory are my values. My question last night was, “At what level of value does a sacrifice become acceptable?” Her response was an epiphany for me, “Any level – because how can you place a value on a dream?” That is, how can you say that one dream is more valuable than another – or one aspect of a dream more important than any other aspect? You can’t! All aspects are equally subjective and therefore irrelevant to value.
First, let me define value –
“the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.” (Google)
To which, I ask, “According to who?” That is, who assigns that value? Who determines “the importance, worth, or usefulness of something”?