Some things can’t be bought with money. Obtaining certain “things” (facts, people, benefits, contracts, etc.) simply has no value due to the adverse and perverse effects resulting from the conditions set for obtaining them. Or due to the imperative to violate a certain, let’s say, “demarcation line”. I know it may sound like a truism or it may sound as something anti-business in a way, but I’ve always thought of it in this way. This includes ending relationships with people, dropping contracts before signing them or even tearing them off, with all the possible repercussions that might arise from here.
Once upon a time, a smarter man than me told me: “The Bible has 10 commandments. If you break one from time to time, it means that you are human, you can be wrong, you can be tempted. You can maybe break even two or three, no one is a saint, the 10 commandments are a desideratum, a code of conduct if you wish, which would be a faultless standard that should guide us. After all, we are humans. However, when you already get to the fourth one and break these rules repeatedly, it’s called making a choice of your own.” Of course, he used the 10 commandments as an example at hand.
For example, in my opinion, you cannot just buy all the wild deforested trees in Romania with money. The pecuniary benefits for the state resulting from this (by state I mean all of us) have absolutely no value in relation to the medium-term and long-term effects on both the environment and the society. There are many other examples worth noting: the issues of heritage, resource exploitation and so on.