There’s an old story of little boy who gone out to play with his friends with a dollar bill in his pocket. And he does what all kids do when he gets over to where his friends are- he pulls out his dollar bill and shows it off. And as all the kids ooh’d and awe’d, one of other kids offered up a trade- two shiny quarters for that dollar bill. The boy thought about it, saw how shiny the quarters were, realized he’d have two things instead of one and made the trade. Two shiny quarters for a crumpled dollar bill- he’d made the trade of the year. He went to school the next day with those two shiny quarters in his pocket and was showing them off to another friend who offered to trade him 4 shiny dimes for his 2 quarters. The little boy thought for a moment and realized if 2 had been better than 1, then 4 was better than 2, so he made the trade. Again, just so proud of himself. He’d started with 1 crumpled dollar bill and now he had 4 shiny dimes. He began to seek out friends to make trades with to see just how much he could get. He’d gone from 1 to 2 to 4, and then he found a friend who had 5 nickels, so he traded his 4 dimes for 5 nickels- yet another win because 5 was more than four. And so he’s on the bus on the way home from school and finds one more person who’s willing to trade him 10 pennies for his 5 nickels. So the little boy gets home and begins to proudly tell his mom about what he’s accomplished, how he’s got so much more than he started with all by making these trades- he started with 1 and now he’s got 10. She listened patiently, smiled, and told him to load up in the car so that they could go down to the gas station and he could buy himself some double-bubble bubble gum- the boy loved bubble gum. So the boy goes in, places his ten pennies on the counter, and the clerk sets out two pieces of gum. The boy takes the gum a little disappointed because he thought that those 10 pennies would get him more than that, but he starts to walk away. His mom stops him though, turns him around, and asks the clerk to show the boy how much gum 5 nickels would have bought him- so the clerk pulls out 5 pieces. The boy’s heart sank. And then the mom asked the clerk to show how much the boy could have bought with 4 dimes, and then two quarters. And finally, when the boy saw the 20 pieces of gum he could have had with his dollar, he was crushed. You see, he picked a value to worry amount- amount. And we can’t pretend that amount isn’t a value. There are plenty of people who spend their whole lives chasing quantity without much thought as to quality. The boy had decided that the value was in the numeric total- how many he had of something, and he never considered the value of the thing itself. Better said, he didn’t realize they were two different things.