Value is a weird thing. Take Diamonds for instance, they are just rocks that are shinier than other ones and are being sold for crazy money to people that think they are worth it, where I on the other hand couldn't care less about Diamonds. So value in some cases is based on what people are made to believe. Sentimental value on the other hand has nothing to do with money, and trying to make someone see how some little trinket from your Grandmother means so much to you is sort of impossible. Other people might look at your trinket like it's a piece of trash, but to you it represents a lot.
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For something to have value, it has to have some meaning to someone. Say you have an old bottle cap. To most people it is just something that needs to go into the trash. But say that bottle cap is the only thing you have left from the last day you and you best childhood friend spent together before they moved away. To you it has meaning and value.
Everything and nothing. Is ones value based upon what they have or can offer of value? Does the indigent know what's of true value? Who's the more valued member of society/community/family? Does deeming value, warrant value? Should one value themselves more than others? Can one find the true value of another without valuing them self? Will you value these thoughts? Should I value your opinion?...philosophically speaking ( I'm out there running in circles )
Hi! Emotion. It doesn't matter if it's the Hope Diamond, or the love from your mom. How you feel emotionally about either will give it value to you. Value is personal. What it means to me, may be very different than what it means to someone else. I value some people's opinions on "ask.com" very much. Other people may not agree with me or value the opinion of those same people. This is o.k. too! Have a nice night!
Many people find it useful to distinguish instrumental value and intrinsic values, first discussed by Plato in the "Republic". An instrumental value is obvious & need no explanation. An intrinsically valuable thing is worth having for itself, not as a means to something else. It is giving value intrinsic and extrinsic properties. Intrinsic & instrumental goods are not mutually exclusive categories. Some things are both good in themselves, and also good for getting other things that are good. "Understanding science" may be such a good, being both worthwhile in and of itself, and as a means of achieving other goods.