Unusual Value

One thing people don’t often think about is the variable value of things (objects, people, abstract mores) from society to society. For example, read this article’s unusual commentary on the value of cell phones in Russia:

Thousands of crimes have been committed in recent years — including multiple homicides and arson — in which authorities say the primary motive was to steal cell phones.

In America, where cell phones are practically a dime a dozen and often come free with a cell phone plan, it’s hard to imagine such a great value being placed on them.

Today, imagine something else that’s an ordinary, everyday item or value in your life, and how it might be seen differently in another time and place. What consequences could this difference in value have?

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