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Subj: Re: How much money is a human life worth?
Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 at 02:14:03 pm EST (Viewed 237 times)
Reply Subj: How much money is a human life worth?
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The ancient Celts measured the worth of a human life in terms of cattle. If you killed someone, the family would demand from you the precise number of cattle associated with that person's social rank. The ancient Germanic tribes had a similar concept, the weregild, which was the quantity of gold associated with the dead person's social rank.

Nowadays, I think largely due to Christian and then Enlightenment influence, we tend to think of a human life as priceless - but do we really mean that? If, in order to save one human life, we had to bankrupt every person, every business, and every nation on the planet, would that be the right choice? If not, then where do you draw the line? Would the value of a person's life be variable based on certain factors, and, if so, what would those factors be?

Generally, such laws aren't really measuring the value of the person or their life. They're measuring the value of their work and/or contribution to society, and even then only within a narrow focus.

"Priceless" doesn't really mean infinite value. It just means incalculable. It means about the same thing as a daughter telling her parents she loves them, "Thiiiiiiiiiis much."

My opinion is that one life is worth more than that which can ever be made up for.

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