What Are You Worth? 6 Million Dollars?
Or maybe nothing at all. If I am to take my understanding of the world to its full conclusion it must be stated that you and I are worth nothing. We have no intrinsic value, none. Oh sure, you can sell a human for a couple thousand dollars or perhaps a genius or brilliant musical talent might be thought priceless – but that’s only because you’re not used to buying and selling humans. A dog with good breeding and training is worth maybe 5000 US Dollars. A healthy cow is worth several thousand dollars. See, we know what other life is worth, we just don’t want to put a price on humans. It’s a shame really because we put a price on them all the time, but we don’t use so many words.
Walk into a US Hospital with a big gash on your stomach, blood running freely. They’ll let you know what your life is worth. Do you have a disease? The big pharma companies will tell you what your life is worth. Oh, so you want a general value? Check the actuarial tables at your local insurance agent’s office. To live with all this and then declare that life has intrinsic value and worth is the highest hypocrisy. It is the worst of human evil putting on airs and graces. It is the pig putting on lipstick and pretending it is beautiful.
I’m kind of tired of religionists stating that humans have intrinsic value – yes, even insurance agent believers. Oh, they’ll cry at your funeral but when it comes time to go to war they will happily send you or your son to stand in harms way instead of them. That’s right, better your carcass than theirs on this day. Crying doesn’t hurt much and tomorrow they can forget all about how they wanted you or your son to go die in the name of country and honor. They know exactly how much a human life is worth – nothing. When it comes time to barter for a life they understand all too well that cheaper is better and free is the going price most of the time. Yep, harmless aunt Trudy, she barters lives away too.
Oh, of course they won’t see it that way. To them it is just the cost of freedom or some such drivel. Any excuse to not have to think about putting a price on the lives of thousands of other people. For many people, if you’re begging on the street, your life isn’t worth a single dollar.
Now that we understand that, do you really think all those people give a flying fuck if you have a nice day? Maybe they do, right up to the point you forget to smile back at the required moment.
What are you worth? Nothing … and everyone knows it. They just won’t say it that way.