What is the value of human life today?
It seems that the value of human life has depreciated. All around the world we continue to conflict and even have animosity with each other. We tend to pick at the unique and obsolete differences of one another in order to maintain that distance we all seem to carry with us. That separation leads to restraint, which then evolves into bitterness and malice. We go as far as killing our own kind just out of spite. The most sickening thing is so many of us hold no sympathy for those that are killed from hostility, in fact the malevolence is twisted and reasons are created and believed, just so that it appears to be justifiable homicides taking place. Sure, some people are brought to justice, but then there are the events that take place "away from home" and thats when people stop caring so much. Ignorance and selfishness kick in to stop them from being concerned.
Here is the bottom line - Every single one of us is a human being. That means that every single person has a heart in their body, a brain in their head, blood flowing through their veins, and eyes on their face. We are all the same in flesh, regardless of color or physical indifferences. Some people believe that there are souls within our body. It is a face that when we die, 21 grams of bodyweight is lost and whether you believe it to be the soul or just electricity shutting down, until the moment we die, we are alive just the same as every one else.
So, why do we decide to stop the beating heart of another individual? What makes us decide to kill another person? We are all given one opportunity at life, some peoples lives are already cut short through sickness and disease. How can we look each other in the eyes and take that single chance away? What is the driving force behind us when we push the blade through the skin, or pull the trigger, or blow up innocent humans, just like us? What gives us the right to decide who lives and who dies? How can we be so vile and askew that when the majority of us hear of children dying outside of a hundred mile radius we turn a cold shoulder? It's erroneous and fallacious when we support the people that are responsible for women and children dying.
What if it were your kids? How would you feel then? Is it really fair that one bad person should be held responsible for millions of others? Or is it that we are just that greedy and egocentric that when it comes down to it;we will believe whatever we need to believe and do what ever is necessary that there are people living way above the "dream" we are promised,regardless of all the deaths around the world.
The human life is a single opportunity that we are all given. We are given a mind that is able to think for itself. Instead of thinking only of ourselves, we should be thinking about the world around us as we share with billions of other people. It is our home and we are each with contingency to breathe the air,drink the water and walk the land. Earth is the place we were given to reside,as a whole, as humans amongst animals. Not animals amongst humans.
It is logical and extremely simple to realize that it is wrong to kill. Death is a sad and morbid event, it is evil and destructive. We shouldn't destroy ourselves or the planet that we inhabit. It should be inhabitation in unity, together, with the freedoms of choice, speech and belief. We are all individuals with our unique and distinctive characteristics given the freedom to be alive. That shouldn't be taken from anyone, nothing should. Instead we should be concerned with giving rather than taking, in all aspects of life. treat others the way we want to be treated back. And the thing is, respect is key, but the lack of self-respect and therefore respect for others dismantles the ability to enjoy life properly and also take the joy out of the lives of others. The definition of living according to Dictionary.com states the following:
liv - ing [liv-ing]
1. having life; being alive; not dead: living persons.
2. in actual existence or use; extant: living languages.
3. active or thriving; vigorous; strong: a living faith.
4. burning or glowing, as a coal.
5. flowing freely, as water.
6. pertaining to, suitable for, or sufficient for existence or subsistence: living conditions; a living wage.
7. of or pertaining to living persons: within living memory.
8. lifelike; true to life, as a picture or narrative.
9. in its natural state and place; not uprooted, changed, etc.: living rock.
10. very; absolute (used as an intensifier): to scare the living daylights out of someone.
11. the act or condition of a person or thing that lives: Living is very expensive these days.
12. the means of maintaining life; livelihood: to earn one's living.
13. a particular manner, state, or status of life: luxurious living.
14. (used with a plural verb) living persons collectively (usually prec. by the): glad to be among the living.
15. British. the benefice of a clergyman.
The lists below are biblical passages that are what are referred to as the Ten Commandments. Even if you don't believe in God, the majority of what is written is simple and logical in how a person should lead their life. Especially if they wish to be considered moral and ethical, because logically and simply there are right things and wrong things to do. We wish to remain virtuous and innocent, yet we choose to be dishonest and perfidious in our actions, living lives out-right immorally. We can all achieve, but instead we choose to destroy. It should be building up those around us and the world around us rather than complete destruction of everything, including ourselves.
The Ten Commandments
2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
3 Do not have any other gods before me.
4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,
6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
8 Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
9 For six days you shall labour and do all your work.
10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.
12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
13 You shall not kill
14 You shall not commit adultery.
15 You shall not steal.
16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
17 You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.
6 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
7 you shall have no other gods before me.
8 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me,
10 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
11 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
12 Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.
13 For six days you shall labour and do all your work.
14 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you.
15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.
16 Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
17 You shall not kill
18 Neither shall you commit adultery.
19 Neither shall you steal.
20 Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbour.
21 Neither shall you covet your neighbour’s wife. Neither shall you desire your neighbour’s house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.