The Value of Life Essay When it comes to assigning value to human life many people decide with their emotions, especially when they are assigning value to a loved one. Currently, our society uses the human life calculator to assign value to life. I don’t believe we should use this method because it is based on how much money the person makes, if they have a spouse, and the number of children they have. I believe that the human life calculator is an imprecise way to value human life.
I think our society should take into account how much the person helped society throughout their lifetime. Volunteers for hospitals, humane societies, “soup kitchen people…figure out what its called” help society a lot without getting paid for it. Teachers, “more low income jobs that help”, also help society with a low income. Many people dedicate their lives to helping others, and in many cases they don’t get paid a lot for their good deeds.
For example, there are many programs that benefit society in many ways and most of the people that are apart of those programs are volunteers.Red Cross, Cancer Society, and St. Jude’s are all programs that people volunteer for and help save people’s lives every day, but according to the human life calculator they would not be worth very much because they don’t make a lot of money. On the human life calculator a lottery winner that doesn’t help society in any way would still be worth more than a person who dedicated their whole life to helping society. In the article, What is a Life worth? Kenneth Feinberg came up with a way to assign value to those that were killed in the September 11th tragedy. I underestimated the emotion of this at the beginning… I didn’t fully appreciate how soon this program had been established after 9/11, so there was a certain degree of unanticipated anger directed at me that I should have been more attuned to.
” (Ripley, 2) When people felt the amount they were given for their loved ones was not enough, they came back with complaints that were based on emotions.“Gerry Sweeney, whose brother died in Tower 2, Floor 105, points at Feinberg and explains why $250,000 is not enough for pain and suffering in the case of her now fatherless nephew. aHave you ever seen a 12-year-old have a nervous breakdown? ’ she asks. ” (Feinberg, 3) Add explanation sentence/ transition. [Our society should assign value to human life by how much the person helped society. ] WRITE HOW WE WOULD CALCULATE HOW MUCH A PERSON BENEFITS SOCIETY. It shouldn’t be based on how much money the person made but by what they did that helped society.
“People live. It’s an equal and apposing truth. People live, and in the most remarkable ways. ”(Armstrong, 3) When people help society their efforts should be noticed and commended, not ignored.Since there are many things a person can do to help society that don’t come with making a lot of money, the human life calculator shouldn’t base the value of human life on the amount of money they made. (Bring up how you don’t have to have kids to benefit society to add length to essay and more points) Works Cited Armstrong, Lance, and Sally Jenkins. It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. New York: Penguin Putham, 2000.
Print. Ripley, Amanda. What Is A Life Worth? Time, 11 February 2002: 1-6. Print.