Thomas Paine

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Prompt: According to Thomas Paine, “That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only which gives everything its value.” Early in my life, I was taught to work for what I have and to have what I work for. I was taught if I did not earn what I have that it would be less appreciated in the end. My grandfather taught me early that a chore completed would be worth its weight in wages beyond a monetary value. I learned early that I should appreciate what God blesses me with and that I should earn those blessings. If I should sit by and the blessings keep mounting up without any effort on my behalf would I appreciate them at their worth? This was one of my most valuable learning’s in life. There are several television shows I sometimes stop to watch when I am scanning the channels for something of interest. These shows paint the pictures of what I consider to be wealth that was obtained easily and esteemed too lightly. We see in some of these episodes where individuals and couples squander through millions of dollars in short periods of times. They find themselves bankrupt and in more turmoil than when they did not have the extravagant means upon winning a lottery. If these individuals had worked hard for their money it would have meant more to them. Earning their means could have prevented them from squandering through millions of dollars. I know a young man who lost his parent tragically when he was ten years old. He inherited a very large sum of money. The inheritance was not set up in a trust fund that required him to wait until he had learned life’s values of earning what you have. This young man received his inheritance at the tender age of 18 with the only requirement being that he graduates high school to be eligible to collect this inheritance. Upon turning 18, he went on lavish vacations, purchased a new truck, boat…...

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