Name Professor Course Date Assigning Value to Life Discussing the value of life is not uncommon in our society and many social institutions including religious organizations already have definite answers for this question. However there is a controversy nowadays about the value of life primarily because value in this case refers to the economic value of a person’s life rather than its traditional moralistic counterpart. The controversial question is about how society can assign a value for human life especially in cases of tragedies where every loss of life has a reverberating impact to the widowed families. The more important question however is whether it is moral and if it is the best solution for crisis management in times of tragedy. READING ASSESSMENT The appointed readings had different impressions on the value of life. However a distinct similarity among them is their fact the problem does not arise with providing monetary compensation for the widowed families; it arises from the fact that different families receive different monetary compensations based of various social variables. This promotes the impression that people’s lives have different values and are not equal. Therefore society must not seek ways to assign value to human life. Instead they must focus on understanding the value of a person’s life to a loved one and seek to help in the emotional and spiritual mending of the widowed families. Works Cited Armstrong Lance and Sally Jenkins. “It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life”. The Value of Life pp. 39-41. “Human Life Value Calculator”. The Value of Life pp. 49-51. Ripley Amanda. “What is a Life Worth?”. The Value of Life 2002 pp. 42-58. “Hamlet’s Soliloquy”. The Value of Life pp. 37-38. [...]
There has been a number of different voices giving insights into the value of life- Hamlet’s soliloquy offers an emotional, metaphor-laden glimpse into the thinking of a young man contemplating suicide. Lance Armstrong’s autobiography uses storytelling from a first-person perspective to get across how the famed cyclist thinks about life. Amanda Ripley’s article from Time magazine provides insight into the problems involved in translating the concept of valuing life from abstract terms into actual dollars and cents. The Human Life Value Calculator establishes specific criteria for assigning monetary value to a person’s life. Prompt: How should our society assign value to human life? What aspects of the readings you have read as part of this ERWC project do you agree and/ or disagree with and why? Be sure to refer to and cite the readings. You should also use examples from your personal experience or observations, or perhaps other readings. Consider where your ideas fit into the terrain mapped by the other texts we have read (i.e. Is it right to assign dollar values to a person’s life, do suffering and illness impact how we should value life, etc.). Assume that the audience for your piece consists of intelligent citizens interested in this issue—the same types of people, for instance, who would read Time magazine. Most importantly, as you construct your essay, make conscious, intentional choices by using the most appropriate rhetorical devices and diction about the ways you can represent your ideas to your reader.