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  • Writer's picturePatricio Ramal

The Currencies of Life: Beyond the Tangible.

Updated: Mar 25

Currency refers to any form of value widely accepted as a medium of exchange in transactions between people. In our current society, it generally takes the form of money, which we often use to measure our worth and success.


Money is undoubtedly helpful and necessary for practical purposes, but it isn't the only source of value in life's broader constant exchange. Unfortunately, it is by far the most overrated and overvalued.




Value refers to the worth or usefulness of something, whether it is tangible or intangible. It is a subjective concept that is determined by individual preferences and perceptions. Value can be measured in different ways, such as monetary, functional, emotional, or social. For example, a piece of jewelry may have a high economic value, while a tool may have a high functional value.


In essence, value is a concept that reflects the significance or importance of something to an individual or society. But value only exists as a comparison. Satisfaction determines the inherent value of something or the benefits it provides relative to other options or alternatives.


Often regarded as a universal currency, money holds a tangible but minimal value.


It's well documented that, after a certain threshold, more money does not equal more satisfaction, joy, or fulfillment. Money can't buy happiness, health, friendship, or genuine relationships. All the money in the world can't buy another minute of life.


I've made many mistakes, including lousy business decisions, poor investments, choosing the wrong people to surround myself with, bad career choices, failed relationships, and outright neglect of my physical and mental health. I regret many of my bad choices, but not a single one that involves losing money. Ironically, I would have paid anything to fix those mistakes if I could have. Instead, I paid for them with pain, regret, grief, and loss.


Money is necessary in our daily lives but holds negligible value compared to the intangible treasures of the human condition. It pales compared to the currencies of life earned through genuine effort, sincerity, and ethical conduct. The fact that money can be acquired through unethical or dishonest means it's in itself a tell-tell sign of its value. Loyalty, integrity, honesty, friendship, trust, and love are not for sale.


Loyalty cannot be bought or traded. It is cultivated through mutual respect, understanding, and unwavering support. When facing adversity, the loyalty of friends, family, or colleagues sustains us, offering a sense of belonging and security that money cannot provide.


Honesty and integrity are priceless currencies that define our character and shape our relationships. Genuine honesty and integrity build trust and credibility, fostering authentic connections that withstand the test of time.


Love, the most potent currency of all, transcends material possessions and worldly success. Unlike money, which can be fleeting and conditional, love enriches our lives with meaning, compassion, and emotional fulfillment. It is the foundation upon which meaningful relationships are built, nurturing bonds that bring joy, comfort, and resilience in the face of life's challenges.


Trust is another invaluable currency earned through consistent actions and reliability. While money can be lost or gained, trust is fragile and requires nurturing, transparency, and accountability. It is the cornerstone of healthy relationships, enabling us to rely on others and be relied upon in return.


Friendship, the currency of camaraderie and shared experiences, adds immeasurable richness to our lives. Unlike material wealth, which can isolate and divide, genuine friendship fosters connection, empathy, and a sense of belonging that transcends monetary value.


While money may afford us temporary comfort and convenience, it is only a tool. The valuable currencies of life—loyalty, honesty, integrity, love, trust, and friendship—enrich our existence in ways that money cannot replicate or measure.


People say talk is cheap. But in life, nothing is cheaper than money.


Patricio Ramal

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