Saturday, May 24, 2008

Value of “US”

I often wonder what’s the value of human life and the first thought that comes to my mind is the measures used by the Insurance companies to calculate it before they issue the insurance policy (thanks to MNYL where I did my summer training). And so it makes me shudder because all I see is an "ECONOMIC" connotation attached to it. All its worth is what you earn, what does your account balance say and what designation or power you enjoy currently. It’s suddenly all about the profit w.r.t. to a certain someone’s life, and so there must be a break-even point as well... you know like how much of human life loss is acceptable and how much is not. Not just that, its also about how a common mans life is not much of a loss as compared to a big shot who’s life is more precious than a whole country.

Beyond that, in general also, it’s sad to see how we claim that our life and that of our near and dear ones is priceless and at the same time we shamelessly toss it aside as cheap when others are concerned. The value of the comfort that our car provides is more than the value of the air we all breathe, we value what’s right for us more than what’s good, right and just for all. What we value must benefit us and if it causes any harm to someone else, it is none of our business. And when we don’t have answers to any of these questions, we conveniently put forward the Darwinian theory...Survival of the fittest!!! It’s like placing LIFE in the same category as the products that we marketers must sell by hook or by crook.

Wondering where it’s coming from??? Well, I have become appalled in recent years at the amount of murders, crimes, selfishness and just plain disrespect of human life in our society. The murder, kidnapping, bombings and worst of all the honor killing stories being re run on all news channel every day make me sit back and think every single day about how life only has a monetary value, but nothing else. What am I worth even if I am a CEO of the biggest MNC in the world??? Nothing!!! 9/11 attacks affected everyone equally. It din matter if the one who got killed was the CEO or an AVP or just a cleaner… for that matter, it means nothing even to a simple thief who would kill to save himself from the trouble of being caught. Every time I feel sad about a meticulously calculated number being attached to life and I try to look beyond it and its implications… I don’t see much. In fact it upsets me further to know that economic worth of a person is much higher than the emotional value of his/her life

On one hand are the terrorist groups that are actually working on innovative ways of how to slaughter people and on the other hand are the small time crooks that murder to survive. And both don’t make sense to me. How can life be so cheap? It troubles me deeply to know that each one of us, in our very own way, disrespect other person’s value while we probably place the highest on ours. And its not just about you and me, its also about the people who are related to us. The importance of life is not restricted only to the individual. It’s also about the emotional cost that a person carries; the influence that ones existence or non-existence can have on the lives of our friends and family.

And as if the people we don’t know were not enough, the people we know are also becoming a threat. Look at the recent Noida murder case where the father killed his own daughter... I mean seriously, a perfectly normal guy, a well renowned doctor, had all the money and reputation one wants in life...What was he thinking??? Its like at both the individual level and the community level, the sense of security and safety people usually feel is eroding gradually.

I don’t know what can be done about the situation and the way LIFE is treated by us, I don’t know if I myself can do something about it but it surely does pain me to see the way we abuse the gift of life and the gift of compassion that we have been blessed with. Wish we could really be the superior living organism that we are supposed to be, cuz if it’s really about the survival of the fittest than I don’t know how we are better than the so called lesser beings.
posted by Heart'n'Soul at 2:49 AM


I am heartened to stumble upon someone blogging about the value of human life. I share some of your wonderments and can't fathom why more people aren't standing up and insisting basic human rights be upheld globally.

However, I don't think whoever killed the victims in the Noida murders is the least bit normal. Normal people don't slaughter others. Normal people aren't the least bit violent toward others. Thankfully.

Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
"Reclaiming Honor in Jordan"

May 24, 2008 at 4:58 AM  

Wow.I do not see someone taking a pause and evaluating the value of human life nowadays.Some years back they did talk of introspection and all but now who has time for all that .Pleasure to have dropped by here.Will blogroll you as I do not want to miss out on your future posts.

May 24, 2008 at 12:16 PM  

@Mishra>>> thnks a lot... its true, we are running out of time for all the little joys that life offers us... smellin the mornin air, looking at the constellations or just sitting and chatting with family... its slowly becoming a part of our holiday plans.

@Ellen>>> its nice to know that other people do share the same views as mine. And i do agree that someone who slaughters his own daughter is surely not sane

May 24, 2008 at 8:29 PM  

Plans which always remain plans...Glad you did the needful.Life is majorly made up of such small things- they say so..

May 25, 2008 at 11:56 PM  

The STOP HONORCIDE! campaign was launched on Mother's Day 2008. The goal of the campaign is to prosecute honorcides to the fullest extent of the law. We want honorcide to be classified as a hate crime and we advocate for every existing hate crime legislation to be amended to include honorcide.


May 26, 2008 at 3:44 AM  

tat was a real good read babe- got me thinking..

end of teh day, we all become one with teh earth.. god knows how it matters as to what position we held in life..

the aarushi talwar murder case- man i really wonder why a woman has to be killed, n her name tarnished after her death, when the fault lay with her father's skewed sexual appetite!

loved ya 'survival of teh fittest' parallelism- i mean ya, we 're teh most regressive version of specied- god knows why we're on top of the chain!- we may have the brains, but do we have the heart- i think not!!

neways, optimism needs to work its way through- at a small level, let's embrace humanity, n spread teh love! peace mate!

ps: ya're blogrolled

May 26, 2008 at 11:46 AM  

We come with nothing..we go with nothing... i wonder how many people who say that actually understand that....

when you are loathed by your parent just cause u choose to join the army and have less pay rather than continuing the family business... the respect of the uniform and the fulfillment of duty that the army provides for me has been belittled just cause i will have a small bank account in the army.. lower economic worth....

Even when army men are trained day and night... and made numb to killing... and also infused with the fact that killing is a necessity in this job..still sumtimes they hesitate too shoot... or sumtimes the hu8manity strikes and the aim goes from the head to the foot... let the man survive..this thought come to the mind... So if a trained army man can have so much humanity left in him... for enemy across the border...that too in todays day... i wonder how so called normal people..with rich jobs can murder their own daughter...those people are most certainly not normal....

cheerz..it was a excellent post...IMHO

May 27, 2008 at 3:17 PM  


you are fantastic!!!

a kiss for you, my dear friend!

god bless u dear

can we exchange our link

r u ready to do?

June 2, 2008 at 3:25 PM  

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