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Learning value

September 4, 1980

A man does not learn the value of money (or other goods) until he has earned it. Therefore one will not learn how to manage or spend money until he deals with earned money. Those who do not earn money, if their needs must he met by others, should have those needs met directly--with food, clothes, etc. They should not be given money. This will only further prevent them from learning its value. They must realizes that what they receive is through charity, that is, through the efforts of other people. “Spending” money may lead to the feeling that they somehow deserve the merchandise which they receive for the money.

Perhaps the same should apply to youngsters--no money except earned money.