“Class, what am I holding in my hand?” said the teacher who was very good at dealing with young minds.
A student near the front of the room was called upon and said, “It is a ten-dollar bill”
The teacher dropped the bill on the floor and stepped on it several of times, squishing it between her feet. The paper money was dirty and crumpled as she picked it up and handed it to one student. She asked each student to examine the bill then pass it around.
The teacher then asked the class what they had examined.
A student raised his hand and said, “It is the same ten-dollar bill.”
“Does it have the same value as before?” the teacher asked.
“Yes!” several students called out.
“Will it remain a ten-dollar bill one year from today?”
Again, several students called out: “Yes.”
The teacher took a moment to wipe and straighten out the ten-dollar bill. Then she spoke to her class: “At times, you may not be treated well, but your value will always remain the same. You must remember that goes for everyone you know and everyone you will ever meet. One’s worth doesn’t change with circumstance or opinion.”