99 seems like less, much less, than 6.00. Economics is part of the daily grind of my fathers life, and a constant topic of discussion at the dinner table — how to bring customers in the store he mused, as he picked my brain to see what items were hot amongst my age group. He trusted to ask me how to encourage people to stay longer in the store and buy, buy, buy and I learned from his constant questioning.
Of course, not all of my interests have been economically motivated. But sometimes, I have found that, through my altruistic participation in student organizations, such as my work as treasurer of the Key Club in high school, that using advertising and persuasion to encourage people to give of their time is the most difficult economic activity at all — time is a scarce resource for high school students. Also, as treasurer, I was often entrusted with the delicate task of balancing the inflated and costly fund raising activity ideas of some members with the reality that to realize the purpose of the Key Club, we had to raise as well as expend funds — unlike other clubs, that were organized purely for nonprofit status, to please the interest of their members.
The Key Club also taught me that economics, even when fund raising, rests upon the principle that resources are finite — money, time, goods, legislation the space and even the number of words I may use for this essay, in fact, is subject to a limit. Pretty much everything is limited, that is the truth that economics attempts to deal with, explain, and render easier for human beings to live with. Yes, everything is limited — except the realm of the human imagination to create new enterprises, that I believe is an infinite resource, and I hope to participate in.