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    Question The Worth of a Human Life

    Can a human life be weighed objectively?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater Typhoon View Post
    Can a human life be weighed objectively?
    If you can get every single person on earth to look at one person and all of them agree to the same number on whatever objective scale, then it's possible.

    ie: every single soul on Earth agrees that on a scale of 1-10 I'm a 5, then objectively I'm a 5.

    I also hope deep inside that this can NEVER be accomplished, for me or for anyone, ever. If it becomes possible, then the humanity will be stripped from humans and hence forth will be called "a unit".

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    Hospitals/insurance agencies have to do it to a certain extent...
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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    Well, from a horrifyingly clinical viewpoint you could look at how much money can be made from the sale of body parts and organs ... that would set the value of a human life at around $200000.

    Pretty cold, isn't it?
    "Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one."
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    "When people see some things as beautiful,
    other things become ugly.
    When people see some things as good,
    other things become bad."
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    What if that person made that much money in a single year? Technically they would be "worth" more than that...

    UGH. I don't like this topic.
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater Typhoon View Post
    Can a human life be weighed objectively?
    Everything has a price, but sometimes, you need to think about the currency is.

    For example: Would you let someone you love die? You say no.
    Would you let someone you love die if it would save the lives of 2 other people you love? Would you let someone you love die if it would save the lives of 100 people you DON’T know?
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

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    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    What if that person made that much money in a single year? Technically they would be "worth" more than that...

    UGH. I don't like this topic.
    What is valuable to one person is different from another. A billion dollars cannot give you a hug that you desperately need, when you need it, exactly how you need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tater Typhoon View Post
    Can a human life be weighed objectively?
    In what sense? Be more specific.

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    Every life is equal in value.

    That is not to be read as "every fetus deserves a chance to be born" or "capital punishment is wrong".

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    Quote Originally Posted by durentu View Post
    What is valuable to one person is different from another. A billion dollars cannot give you a hug that you desperately need, when you need it, exactly how you need it.
    Yeah, but that's not objective.
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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