Stories, values, and points

what a the car for? transport with reliability. Status. A transaction with the bank. A transaction with a dealer. Your relationship with your neighbors. A statement about your style and design beliefs. Your sense of quality. A statement about how you walk this planet.

what a job for? A way to pay the bills. how is your day What do you talk about at the party. A sense of purpose. A chance to dream. People you connect with. Something to be proud of. A statement of self-worth and dignity. A chance to make a difference, or a chance to lower your status regularly.

what a marriage for? A ceremony commemorating a long-term commitment. A statement of status. Expansion of historical male dominance. An opportunity to make a statement against patriarchy. Play within the rules and standards of a community. Deliberately challenging those norms. A statement of mutual self-esteem. A party, possibly the biggest you will ever host. Scarcity, determining who will come and who won’t, and abundance, using resources to expand boundaries.

what a home for? Safe place to stay. An investment. Transactions with brokers. A statement to family and friends. An investment. A monthly payment. An expression of personal taste and style.

As our wealth grows, so does the power of the stories we tell ourselves.

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