I sense a disconnect between how we perceive what we provide and what we consume.
Such a disconnect has two pitfalls.
The first is purely practical. As much as I would like to believe that we live in a land of rainbows and unicorns, I am forced to admit that it costs money to get things done. No matter what those things are, large or small, we have to pay to play.
The engine of society runs on monetary transactions. If we are unable or unwilling to place a realistic value on things, we become unable to effectively deal with anything that requires such an ability, which is just about everything.
The second pitfall is much more far-reaching. If we become accustomed to things having a fuzzy monetary cost or value, it can be just a short step to losing focus on the humanitarian component of things as well: where they came from, who provided them, whose lives depend on them.
While dollars may drive the engine of society, people are the ones who determine what that engine looks like and where it is going.
That is where any true value lies.
Losing sight of the value of items is one thing.
Losing sight of the value of the people behind those items is something else entirely.