WHAT IS TRUE VALUE?
ABILITY TO INCREASE EFFECTIVENESS
True value is a powerful tool that provides a useful perspective of the world. Instead of viewing value through a lens of money or cultural preference, value is considered solely through the ability of resources to to solve real problems. True value is defined as "Ability to Increase Effectiveness". This means that if something can decrease the time and resources needed to complete a task, it has true value. True value is similar to utility, to objective helpfulness. You need true value to complete tasks. Reach goals. True value is what is actually needed in order to accomplish something. Assigning importance to things according to their true value ultimately allows a more rational view of the world, granting importance to things that actually matter, instead of to things that are only superficially helpful, useful, or simply expensive.
True Value : The ability to decrease the time and resources needed to complete a task.
What is it that really matters? What is really worth caring about? What is truly valuable and why? True Value allows these questions to be answered in a useful and rational way. A way that gives meaningful insight to problems and that looks past personal, social, and cultural biases.
The physical objects you need, running shoes, and perhaps a light jersey and shorts are only a tiny fraction of the resources needed to complete the task. The vast majority of the true value needed to run the marathon is your own physical and mental conditioning. The resource of your own time and energy spent to train your body for long distance running. The majority of the true value exists in your own body and mind. This conditioning cannot be bought with any amount of money, it must be earned through hard training over a period of years. This conditioning has "Ability to increase your effectiveness" at the task of running a marathon. It therefore has true value. No products or services have to be bought in order to acquire this true value. No money has to be exchanged. Hundreds of miles do have to be run, however, and a committed schedule has to be maintained long term.
The true value needed to run a marathon exists almost totally within you, it becomes part of who you are, and how your body and mind actually work. Come race day, it can't be faked or substituted.
This is just one example showing how true value often cannot be bought. Cannot be sold. It often must be earned through deliberate practice and effort. It often exists entirely within a person. It is also often completely free.
The true value of a good or service has very little to do with price.
MONEY HAS NO TRUE VALUE
To properly understand true value, it is important to understand the role money plays.
A monetary exchange system has a large amount of true value. Being able to use money to easily exchange goods and services is massively more effective than physically trading or bartering resources.
WHY IS TRUE VALUE USEFUL?
The concept of true value allows for a clear, rational and goal oriented understanding of the world.
Before you can even start to define what is truly valuable, you must first have a well defined set of goals, or tasks to accomplish.
This could be a broad goal like living a contented life, or a narrow goal like starting a specific business, or winning a video game, or solving an engineering design problem.
Because true value is that which has " Ability to increase effectiveness" at completing a task, without a well defined task, there cannot be well defined true value.
Just the process of clearly defining and understanding goals in life is an important part of actually achieving them.
Once goals are clearly defined, true value forces you to recognize and consider all of the resources available to you, and how these resources could be used to help accomplish your goals. These resources primarily include yourself, your own body and mind. Your own knowledge, skills, and time. Your friends, and all your tools and technologies. This kind of self recognition, and self awareness of who you are, what you can really do, and the usefulness of things around you is incredibly important as it forces honest self evaluation that can lead to successful accomplishment of goals, as well as self improvement.
TRUE VALUE OFTEN CANNOT BE BOUGHT OR SOLD
True Value doesn't just exists in objects, in goods and services, tools and technologies. True value exists in things that cannot be bought and sold. Consider the task of running a marathon.
However, the money itself, the paper or electronic code, by definition, does not have any true value, only symbolic value. A pile of money cannot feed anyone, cannot be used to make tools or teach anyone to farm. Of course the point is for it to be difficult to reproduce, and functional as a medium of exchange. What money does is it acts as information about how true value, how resources, food, human time and energy, are allocated.
If you have a large amount of money, that can grant you access to resources, which may or may not have true value. You can also influence how resources like human labor are used, by paying someone to do something.
What is actually important isn't the money, but how resources like wood, food, and human labor are actually distributed and utilized.
The true importance of money is in how it influences the use of these resources.
Although it seems like money has true value, it can certainly help you get things done, its value is actually symbolic. What money can do is give you access to resources that are themselves truly valuable. If you have to cut a pile of wood, money can buy you a saw, or money can incentivize someone else to cut the wood for you. In one case you are using the money to permanently gain access to the resource of a saw, in the other case you are using money to temporarily gain access to the resource of another person's labor. It is not the money itself that has true value, it is the resources that money grants access to, through our socially accepted system of markets and trade. Money may be just one of many different ways of gaining access to a resource with true value. Viewing money as truly valuable is actually harmful, because, IT ISNT RELLY THERE
ALL ABOUT RESOURCES
The primary consideration of true value is this : What real resources are available, and how exactly are those resources being used. Are resources being used to accomplish real goals, to help real people. This is what ultimately matters. The resources can be both material, like wood, stone, and metal. Technological, like tools, computers, or informational like knowledge, facts, or data. If resources are being used in a way that increases human technology, knowledge, or helps provide food, water, or shelter, those resources have positive true value. If resources are being used in a way that decreases human effectiveness, they have negative true value. For example any good produced in significant excess, computers and cell phones used only to spread addicting simple games, or poor quality food that diminishes human health all have negative true value.
Are available resources being used to their true fullest potential for the benefit of others, and of human civilization. If so, they have their maximum possible true value. For example, using the resources of high quality food, and produce to feed growing children has the highest true value, as it is the most effective way to ensure people remain healthy.