“Morality, it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world to work – whereas economics represents how it actually does work.” ( Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner)
This is an interesting take on reality, and on the surface appears to be true. A shorter, older way of saying it would be: every man has his price. But there is a deeper layer to reality economics can’t account for. Morality is real. Money is more real than morality. But love is more real than money. The shorter, older way to say that would be: money can’t buy love. Every exchange of goods and services does have economic principles attached to it, but the things we want more than money; love, meaning, respect, hope, none of these can be monetized or placed on a stock ticker. In fact, much of the frustration we experience is the realization that we’ve been fooled into thinking economics is the pathway to the real things we want. We all come to know one way or another that the highest love is the freest love; the love we want is completely unattached to any market considerations. This is why the gospel is not morality and cannot be purchased; it is the highest love and the most free.