The Value of Life
The value of human life is still a mystery and we as a society is still trying to figure it out. During early times, life was not valued at all; people were being turned into slaves and treated like nothing. In today’s world many would base the value of life by our achievements, one’s past, or the salary one receives. This shouldn’t be the way we value one’s life. We as a society cannot assign a value on ones life. In today’s society, it can be said that we have taken the value of life to another level. The government gives money to families who have lost a loved one, but the amount of money given has been decided in various ways. The amount of money given to each family is based on who they were, how they died, and on their personal backgrounds. Wouldn’t you think it would only be right to give each family the same amount of money and help regardless of differences? It would make sense because the Declaration of Independence specifically states, “all men are created equal’. With that said, shouldn’t we have equal life values? In Amanda Ripley’s article, “What is a Life Worth” she asks the question, “Is a poor man’s life worth less than a rich man’s?” (Ripley, 13). There is no definitive answer to this question but our society has placed a dollar amount on every life. However, I think the value of a person’s life should be determined by how happy we are, and the experiences they have. Our society has its priorities in the wrong order. People today think that professional athletes, singers, and actors are “worth more” than people who have good hearts, who do not make as much money. If money cannot buy happiness then how do we, as a society, put very large price-tags on celebrities who live miserable lives and only pretend to be happy when there’s a camera pointed in their direction? Our government has set up a specific formula on how much money a life is worth when there is an accident and someone is...
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