The beliefs and views of modern society are hypocritical and unjust. By the time an individual matures from a young child to an adult, they have been taught an uncountable number of life lessons. One of the outstanding lessons that each and every person has learned is that killing another human being is wrong. This is perhaps the first recognizable lesson on the value of human life. Most children know that killing is against the law and learn religiously that it goes against all religious morals and beliefs, yet society is bombarded by violence everyday in the media and in real life. Today, the value of human life can be questioned, especially that of the young. Through numerous examples of child murder and abortion it is rather obvious that the lives of the unborn or newly born are not valued to the degree that they should be. In most cases, the young are not recognized as "people" and are robbed of their human rights and freedoms. Young lives, both born and unborn, are seen as more of a commodity these days, than as precious, magical miracles.
In the media today there are ridiculous numbers of reports pertaining to accidents, shootings and robberies-these are just a few examples of unjust acts that are occurring everyday. There is also a shocking amount of coverage about parents accidentally, or on the other hand, brutally murdering their kids. Parents are supposed to be loving and supporting caregivers, they have a great influence over everything a child can possibly say or do. It is hard to believe that some parents would actually take their children's lives into their hands. Recently in the news there have been accounts of a mother poisoning her son to a father taking a knife and slashing his son's throat. These are all cases where the parent in charge has taken advantage of their control. Each helpless child is defenseless in these situations. In many cases, children have become victims of a parent's mental instability. In one case a mother claims to have been "suffering form delusions about hell when she took the life of her twenty month old child." In the end this woman was found not criminally responsible because "she had apparently been suffering from psychosis the day of the drowning." She was then committed to a psychiatric hospital. This seems to be common place today, and there is no justice done for the young slain victims. Another account of a mother murdering her children is that of Diana Yano who "has only a patchy memory of the afternoon she ran the bath water and drowned her two children" to "send them to a watery grave". She too was found "not criminally responsible because of a mental illness-triggered by a serious bout with breast cancer-that made hr believe her children were better off dead". The father that slit his son's throat suffered from a "manic depressive illness Mr. Meehan was legally insane". He also had four breakdowns which his ex-wife was aware of before she left her children with him that horrible night. She also recalls " the evil look that came into his eyes when he went off his medication". Were any of the relatives of the deceased; that knew of these mental states, at all concerned with the safety of these children? This could be thought of as a disregard for the children and their well being or as just a lack of respect. Any individual old enough to have a kid understands that babies are helpless, totally without control of their surroundings because they do not have the mental capability or life experience to understand most things.
In a different situation, a single, young mother; still attending high school is charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence after her ten month old son died of a drug overdose. An autopsy revealed that " the codeine level was sufficient to kill morphine was also in the baby's blood, but the amount fell within therapeutic range". There had been testifies stating that the mother " was prescribed a bottle of liquid codeine...
The Value of Life
Imagine 3,700 children murdered in one day; their bodies torn, bruised, or poisoned. Sadly, this is no sick fantasy, but a procedure called abortion, defined as an operation to end a pregnancy by removing an embryo or fetus from its mother’s womb (“Choose” sec 1). In the United States alone, approximately 1.37 million abortions occur per year. Late term abortions, or post first-term abortions, are known to cause serious health problems such as mental issues and moral dilemmas because the fetus has taken the shape of a baby and thus is a viable human being. Abortion has been debated for centuries because of its political and social ramifications, and the correctness or lack of correctness. Both sides have strong arguments, but either way, late-term abortion should be made illegal in the United States because of its health risks, viability, and prevalence in society (“Statistics” sec 1).
Late- term abortions damage both the mother’s mental and physical health dramatically. Once a fetus has taken a baby’s shape, the most common form of abortion is using the combination of drugs and medicines. Methotrexate is a drug that is designed to kill the fetus inside the mother’s womb; Misoprostol is a liquid substance that is also involved with this abortion process. It is used subsequent to Methotrexate and empties the uterus of the child. Medicines, like those mentioned above, are unsafe and unstable, putting the...
...The Value of HumanLife: A Comparison & Contrast on Various Models Employed
Faculty of Economics
There is increasing debate on the question in what value should be placed upon humanlife. Numerous agencies and policy makers have taken great interest in tackling the issue of humanlife valuation. Although there is increasing controversies that surround producing estimates for valuing a humanlife, it is imperative to understand the importance of reaching an economic value attached to a humanlife. The ability to successfully quantify an individual’s life would provide policy makers a type of compass that would aid them in creating advantageous health policies for an entire society. This paper aims to analyze the methods that have been developed in valuing human lives. It will aim to compare the selected methods and contrast them among each other. The limitations of each method would be critically analyzed, while advantageous characteristics also mentioned. It should be noted however that reaching an empirical value on humanlife is one aspect of a bigger picture that could be deduced. Truly valuing a humanlife should take into account more than just an empirical...
...Value of HumanLife in Utopian Society
Sir Thomas More's depiction of a supposedly perfect society in Utopia portrays a quasi-socialist community that has grown under ideal conditions into a successful and working country. It is a society that is drastically different from any society in history, both in the past or present. While the principals of the society may be very similar to those espoused by communist doctrine, in practice they have worked out successfully which we know was not the case in the communist regimes of our time. Compared to Europe of More's day Utopia must have sounded like paradise to the common man, the majority of whom lived in horrible surroundings and under crushing poverty. However, when compared to modern society Utopia's (almost) complete lack of self-expression and individuality seems barbaric and dull.
One of the most interesting facets of Utopia is the bizarre value placed on humanlife. In Utopia there is a curious emphasis placed on the lives of their citizens as a collective and, to a certain extent, as individuals. In the book it is talked about how the Utopians place far higher value on the lives of one of their citizens than they would on a foreign king. Though when it is said in the book it sounds as though this is out of regard for the people of Utopia, yet in many ways it represents more the contempt that the Utopians show...
In the short story "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov a wager is made that changes the lives of two people. The story begins with a heated argument at a party over which is more moral, capital punishment or life imprisonment. The host of the party, the banker (appositive), believes that capital punishment is more moral because the death sentence kills the victim quicker rather than dragging out the process. A twenty-five year old lawyer at the party responds, saying, he would choose the life sentence to be more moral because any life is better than no life at all. Hearing this response (gerund) causes the banker to bet the lawyer two million dollars that the lawyer can not last five years in solitary confinement. The lawyer accepts the wager, but pushes it to fifteen years in hopes of making a point (prepositional). The terms of the wager are that the lawyer is to live in solitary confinement without any human interaction for fifteen years, but is granted any books, music, wine, etc. that he wants (noun clause). As the fifteen years pass, the lawyer discovers the significance of humanlife. Anton Chekhov's "The Bet" emphasizes the idea that the life of a human is far more valuable than money.
The perceived value of money is misconstrued by numerous people. As illustrated in the story, people can look too highly...
...policy have tended to carefully avoid any direct consideration of the value of humanlife. A criticism is that if we allow some level of risk to persist in return for economic benefits, this is putting a value on humanlife (or at least health) and that this is inappropriate because a humanlife is invaluable¨Cits value is infinite. The criticism is indeed valid; these processes sometimes do implicitly put a finite, if un-stated, value on humanlife.
A bit of reflection, however, reveals that in fact we put a finite value on humanlife in many aspects of our society. One example is the automobile. Each year, hundreds or thousands of US citizens are killed in car accidents. This is a significant risk. Yet we allow the risk to continue, although it could be substantially reduced or eliminated by banning cars or through strict, nation-wide speed limits of 15 or 20 mph. But we do not ban cars and allow speeds of 65 mph on major highways because we derive benefits, largely economic, from doing so. Hence, our car "policy" sets a finite value on humanlife.
You can take issue with my car analogy because, when it comes to cars, it is the driver who his taking the risk for his or her own benefit, while in the case of chemical...
How do you think our society should assign a value to the humanlife? I pondered about this topic for well over an hour before I came to a conclusion of my viewpoint. Life, the existence on our planet as we know it, how is it possible to put a precise value on it. God forbid if you die tonight and never wake to see the next morning how would one put avalue on life deeper than just memories. Would the value be in purely on your achievements? Or how great of a personality you had? Maybe even in the value of dollars and cents. Every humanvalueslife in a slightly different way many may be similar but no one is the same that’s why our values are different.
Life is a precious thing and people protect it with all they have. I would probably question why people have to pass away. We come into this world and live than die in a relatively short amount of time. People might question why do we have to die? For example in the Gilgamesh Epic, Gilgamesh a man who has recently suffered a friend’s death questions why humans have to die. It’s a great question and Gilgamesh goes through a great deal trouble to answer this everlasting question. People can’t cope with death. They can’t believe that...
...seem to know so little specifically about their attitudes.
One response is to deny that there is anything puzzling here. After all, it is not to be expected that whenever the behavior of people makes sense to us we have information deriving from them, or anyone else, specifically about their attitudes. We are not surprised to see lots of people on a rail station platform at rush hour. Though we know nothing about them as individuals, it makes sense that they should be there because it is to be expected at a time when lots of people will be returning home from work. A strand of empiricist philosophical tradition encourages us to think that we employ a theory—a body of rough generalizations representing plain matter-of-fact regularities in human behavior—which we are justified in accepting and which we apply to particular individuals and circumstances.
On this line of thought, in the scenario of the rail station we might rely on a generalization to the effect that during rush hours there will be lots of people on rail station platforms waiting for trains to take them home. In the scenario of the invitation I might exploit, among others, the generalization that when people at academic institutions issue invitations they are likely to ensure that the event in question will take place. The trouble is that it is far from obvious that in all cases we have suitable generalizations available. Someone utters a sentence in my presence. I understand what the person...
Life's ValuesValues are beliefs of a person or social group n which they have an emotional investment. They are many different values that people have and they all tend to have different opinions on them. I feel that having values in life is such an important thing. I believe that having values, beliefs, and principles inlife are all tied together in helping face life's challenges and reaching happiness. My top three values I believe in are establishing relationships with others, valuing one's self, and living your life being honset.
My personal values start with establishing relationships. It is something I truly value. Relationships are the way in which two or more people are connected. The relationships that we make in life all seem easy to forge but they are always hard to maintain. I feel like having relationships with people throughout your life is key to reaching happiness. It brings a great feeling knowing that there are people out there in your life that truly do care about you. It is a nice to know that there will be someone there to pick you back up when you need it. Finding those loving relationship with people is something that Jane faced in her life in the novel Jane Eyre by...