Nearly 10 years after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. has destroyed the ghost that has haunted it for a long time. That ghost is Osama bin Laden, the supposed mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks through his Al Queda network.
In talking about how we manage our own finances, we have to consider how the U.S. is managing it’s finances…
Getting Osama can be compared to Ahab trying to hunt down Moby Dick. It is probably worth it, but at what cost?
The total combined war effort has now cost the U.S. over 1 trillion dollars. Some estimate that the economic effects of the war have actually cost us upwards of 3 or 4 trillion by way of inflated oil prices, interest on long term U.S. debt, and the fact that spending on the war could have been invested in other things that would have produced a better return.
Is one man worth a trillion dollars?
Is anything even worth that much?
You see, the question now becomes not so much about money as it does about value. What do you value in this world?
If you can find a way to find value in what you have and what you can get, then money is no object. It really won’t mean anything for you anymore.
And you will find that a price can’t really be set for a person. Their life can not be measured in dollars. It can only be valued for what it is truly worth. And it is worth different things to different people.
In the end wars can not do much good. They tend to destroy as much value as they create. Yet we will always have war…
Hopefully thinking about this momentous event will give you a better perspective on value in this world. Specifically what you value and what you are willing to pay for it…