Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A price for everything

Today, we learned of a man looking to make a fresh start. Completely. In light of a recent divorce, he's decided that he wants to start over. To help facilitate this, he's putting his entire life up for sale on eBay.

For those of you that are wondering, according to the article, yes, this is the man's entire life. His friends, his job, his house, his random kitchy decorations. The estimated value of the auction is a little shy of $400,000.

On one hand, this will definitely help the man get a fresh start. He'll be beginning his new life (admittedly a good 40-some years after most people do) with nothing but the skin on his back and the smile he can muster. On the other hand, selling everything for that price does beg the question of what the exact value of the individual things are. For instance, with many houses selling for at least a quarter of the total "value", we have to start making assumptions about the man's job and, more harshly, the man's friends.

Of course, it's entirely possible that the friends were the ones who (either directly or indirectly) led to the divorce in the first place. That might explain why the price isn't higher.

The ultimate question, though, is not whether a person can put a price on the things that they have surrounded themselves with for a good portion of their life. That question has already been answered, and the going rate is $400K. The real question is what if nobody thinks that your life isn't worth what you claim it is?

Fresh on the heels of a divorce, that question could lead to a spiral of drug abuse, crime, or voluntarily watching a Hannah Montana marathon. And nobody wants that.

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