I happened to pop into a forum today and entertained myself with the discourse between a wise elderly man and a younger man looking at a rather frightening future – as he sees it. The men posted back and forth about the fear of the value of precious metals (taking off or falling apart); they visited about ways to protect their families by preparing for the future with foods, water storage, etc. One of the men even likened his journey thus far as trying to emulate Noah and getting his personal “Ark” sufficient to need nothing from the outside world. Eventually, the older gentleman, I assume in an effort to calm the fear-ridden younger man, came around to bartering and horse trading – both activities which were at some point in our society quite acceptable and helped many people survive during the most difficult of economic times.
I guess nothing is quite so valuable as experience and wisdom! I continued to be intrigued as one man, some 20 years my senior and another at least two decades younger, carried on a diatribe that gave me additional food for thought about the whole issue of bartering! The older gentleman spoke of how, as a society, rather than building our personal “Arks” and shielding ourselves away from a world envious of our possessions, we would learn to share them more graciously – we could get away from so much of the government intervention we so disdain.
He expanded his philosophy to share that in his opinion, if he picks up something at a garage sale – just because he knows it has value – he may well have it in his storage for quite some time, but ultimately, he will get wind of someone who needs that particular item and it miraculously shows up on their doorstep! Other things he exchanges with others through a little good, old-fashioned horse trading! One of his comments really struck home, “So you see, one good thing leads to another… and another… and another. My life is so filled with good things – fun things – happening that even in my retirement, I have to take a day off now and then to catch my breath.”
He spoke of distributing vegetables, repairing lawn mowers and myriad other things, but the end point was that his gifting and bartering and horse trading is so broad and combined he really wouldn’t be able to declare any thing to the good ole IRS… and sometimes, because the intrinsic value is just in finding new friends.
I wondered… what value will the IRS put on that.
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