The price of everything and the value of nothing.
It’s a great line, seemingly careless, but precisely and succinctly crafted. It is a little meaningless on its own though. You have to realise it is an insult, and find the right kind of person, and then use it to describe them. Then you can see how clever it is.
It needs to be somebody who talks a lot, has an opinion on whatever is being talked about, preferably a black and white opinion, but has no insight at all, in any depth, into what he is giving an opinion on. It has been used to epitomise a cynic.
You may not know any people like that, but it is an easy-to-imagine stereotype. A spiv-type character, smooth-talker, but little care or compassion.
But there are things of value. Things that have real value, though, are those that tell us we are valuable, precious and loved. They won’t be objects, though advertisers try and tell you they are. It will be people – particularly those who you trust enough so that they can be honest with you. Flatterers are no use.
Remember that this Christmas.
The giving of Jesus is the way God wrote, in history, exactly how we are valued. If we are honest enough to receive it, there is no greater gift than this.
And allows us to recognise the value of others.
Be someone who lives their life in a way that reflects the value of everyone, knowing the price that was paid.