αξία

Aξία or axia means value, price or worth.

Here is a link to an article about the “20 of the Best Things You Can Buy for a Dollar.”

This is a quick rundown:

  1. A web domain name
  2. A cup of coffee
  3. A song on iTunes
  4. Hair Accessories
  5. Razor blades
  6. Mascara
  7. A pair of scissors
  8. Lottery scratch offs
  9. A Megabus ticket
  10. Temporary Tattoos
  11. Ten meals for Hungry Children
  12. Bubbles
  13. Lipstick
  14. Penny stocks
  15. Lunch
  16. Beer
  17. Books
  18. Bracelet
  19. Address change
  20. App store game

Looking at this list is a good indicator of what people value or what something is worth versus what something costs. For example: Bubbles cost the same as a song!!! Here is another link. This article is about how much it costs for a major label artist to produce one song. Spoiler alert: it can be over $1 million, and that doesn’t guarantee that it will be a hit. BUT, you’ll be able to purchase it for $.99.

A scratch off ticket may only cost a $1, but may be worth millions or nothing at all. A book can be a life-changing investment or someone’s favorite escape. With $1, we can choose to between feeding our vanity, ourselves, or ten hungry children. This is not intended to be a guilt trip, but a sobering reminder that value and worth are not indicated by a price tag. May we consider this the next time we ponder an extravagant purchase. If we know how much discrepancy there is when $1 is being spent, what are the comparables when something costs $10, $100, or $1000?

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