Seeing gifts for its true intrinsic value

Aug 3, 2009 7:26:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

It is easy in today’s society to take the face value for everything around us, given the ‘materialistic’, ‘consumer driven’ society that we live in. It’s easy to get bogged down in this mindset, as this is simply how we’ve been taught to live, it is how we’ve been raised and with the bombardment of advertisements and marketing campaigns, it is no wonder that we have come to value materials so dearly. We are encouraged to buy this, buy that and that we must have this and that, that we must only buy something simply because of the brand or the face value that it may hold or we have come to believe it holds.

Yet, as you should never judge a book by its cover, if we were to look at all the things from what you see directly rather than what its true value might hold, i.e. the true hidden value of the object, item, thing, and organism, you will see that there is more than meets the eye. One only needs to you look carefully and deeply enough to explore and discover this true value, or ‘true intrinsic value’ as I like to call it.

When you view the world in this perspective, you can see things for what it is, and the hidden efforts and intentions surrounding it. Just as the saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts”. That is where the true value lies. I believe this should be valued even more than the gift itself, as if it was something that you did purchase yourself, then its value could be never provide or have the same value as if it was given as a gift. It is the hidden value that is added to something which can make something ordinary turn into something priceless and make it into a ‘sentimental’ item.

This intrinsic value, i.e. the true value of things is often hidden, overlooked value that can often get lost in our everyday lives. So I would encourage you to look for the true meanings/ intentions behind a gift. As although a gift does have value in itself, the true intentions, meanings and thoughts that went behind choosing it forms part of the ‘true intrinsic value’ of the gift, and that offers more value than the gift itself.

Vu Long Tran

Written by Vu Long Tran

Solutions Engineer APAC. ex-@Forrester consultant. Writing on #cloud #howto guides and #tech tinkering!