An improved way of reckoning cost (Walden 23)

“[T]he cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” — Henry David Thoreau, from “Economy,” Walden

What would our society look like if this became our primary measure of value?

(About  “A Year in Walden”)

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2 thoughts on “An improved way of reckoning cost (Walden 23)

    1. thecuriouspeople Post author

      I didn’t know this about the Swiss. (I’ve never been there.) I gather that much of Europe does better than the US in terms of life/work balance… and slowly we seem to be drifting back toward a Gilded Age view of the world.

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