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March 28, 2013

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Ken Maynard

Very well said, Kent. These are the things we strive to teach our children... the differences between consumption for need and consumption for desire... the differences between information and knowledge (thus wisdom) and the difference between reality and illusion. Can't wait for the book. Let me know if you need a cover designed for it! Keep up the insightful work.

Kent Thune

Thanks, Ken. There are several analogies that can be used to teach children and/or adults about the differences between consumption for need and consumption for desire.

For example, use things as tools or you will be a tool. Capitalism is not evil, as an extreme liberal might suggest, but the components of it (i.e. money, corporations, retailers, service providers, etc) are tools that can be used for one's well-being. However, there is a point at which one can become a tool for someone else (or some other entity)'s purposes.

A quote from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged comes to mind: "Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver."

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