November 15, 2014
One in a Million
Socrates once said in his Apology that “The unexamined life is not worth living ”(Apology). Stating that a life without knowledge, understanding, or context is one that has no value. This means that everyone who questions their own actions is inputting more value into their own life. Those who think about questions, who question anything are simultaneously applying value into their life. Likewise, when we apply a dollar value to a diseased life, their shouldn’t be someone who is worth $0.00, for that would mean that in their life they were not regarded as a person, but as an object. So the question of assigning value to a life can be essentially answered by the amount of contemplation that person has done in their life, but this answer isn’t practical. As a result, I have divided the value into three aspects, each component will be measured individually and the final “score” will be an overall report of how much that person’s life is worth. The first category is how much the person valued the life of others, how empathic they were overall. For example the terrorist hijackers of 9/11 have less value than the parents of Audrie Pott’s as the terrorists regarded their ideals to a higher value than the lives of the passengers, and the parents regard the life of their daughter higher than their own reputation (Sulek). The second category is the effect on others that the deceased had while they were alive. To further examine the same comparison, Audrie Pott’s life would be worth less than the terrorists responsible for the September 11th attacks as the attacks produced a more drastic
consequence, increased airport security, occupations in the Middle East, War on Terrorism, etc. than the suicide of Audrie Pott (Sulek). The last category is the potential revenue that the family of the deceased would be deprived from if not for the fiscal compensation they receive from an organization or those held accountable. Allow me to state here that I am not valuing the life of someone on an emotional level, as this is not applicable, nor am I saying that these categories will affect the amount of money that the family receives. This is merely a way to organize the data from somebody’s life to measure the impact they had on the lives of others, in order to have a legible representation of that person’s value. I am also not proposing that this is their exact value, as that would demote the person to descend from the universal godlike nature that every human has within them down to words on a page against their will. To conclude, I do believe that we must assign value to someone’s life based on the amount of reasons or arguments that can be used to further give value to that person’s life.
The amount of money that someone made within their lifetime is used to sustain their lifestyle when they are alive and to fulfill their desires. To further use this logic, the family that is directly affected by the death of the main revenue producer in the household should gain compensation in the event of a sudden cease of income so they may have less worries while they mourn the loved one’s death. This isn’t the value of someone’s life in terms of their personality, but a value of their life’s career, or “net worth” for lack of a better term. When the September 11th victim’s family were receiving their compensation for the maintenance of their lives they ...
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