THEVALUE OF LIFE
Determiningthe value of life is a big challenge. Most people base the value oflife on an individual’s achievement, their amount of salary ortheir actions. People have given different opinions concerning thevalue of human life. There are those who believe that the value ofhuman life should not be based on economic terms while others agreethat it should be determined by the income generated. Such argumentsraise the question of how to determine the value of life for peoplewho do not generate any economic benefits. The article discusses thevalue of life by analyzing Steve Job’s views to determine whetherone can agree or disagree with his views.
Nobodyin life is definite of the future. When Steve Job joined college, hesays he did not know what he wanted to do with his life. However,after he managed to start Apple Company, one would agree that he hadfound his path. On the contrary, he is fired from Apple and hestarted another company known as NeXT. According to Steve Job,“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t losefaith…you have got to find what you love” (Job, n.pag). Stevemanaged to attach meaning to his life, and that is why whenever heexperienced a challenge, he did not give up. He continued workinghard because he believed in himself and understood the value of hislife. Therefore, one can agree with Steve view that doing what youlove allows one to achieve the value of life.
Lifeis precious and cannot have a monetary value. Amanda Ripley arguesin her article, ‘What is life Worth?’ that today life is definedby the amount of money one possesses. She writes, “The courtsstarted to put a dollar value on a life-after death” (Ripley,n.pag). It is unfair the way the government tries to replace humanlife with money. However, Steve Job states in his story about deaththat death makes an individual to plan their life so that when theyare gone everything will be easy for the family. One agrees withSteve’s view because if everything is okay by the time of death, itshall be easy for the government to give the family compensationbased on his life worth and avoiding issues of greed among grievingrelatives.
Everydaypeople are advocating for equal treatment of human beings. Similarly,when the government is compensating victims, people want equality toapply. According to Feinberg, “Our system of Justice has alwaysbeen based upon this idea- that compensation for death should bedirectly related to the financial circumstances of each victim”(Feinberg, n.pag). He, however, believes that the value of lifeshould be equal, but Steve argues that one has to find what theylove. The value of life cannot be equal because when he was born,his mother wanted him to adopted by college graduates, but he endedup being adopted by people who were not college graduates, though heended up in college himself. He did not see the value of the collegeeducation yet he was spending all his parents’ savings. The valueof life cannot be equal just because one is a college graduate. Stevedropped out, but he ended up beginning Apple and NeXT Companies.
Insummary, one can agree with Steve’s views concerning the value oflife because it is unpredictable, hence the reason people plan. Lifeworth can be based on monetary terms, and can never be equal becausepeople engage in different activities generate various amounts ofincome.
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KennethFeinberg, ‘Whatis the value of a human life?’NPR, May 25, 2008. Web. Retrieved from<http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90760725>Accessed 7/3/2016
SteveJobs, ‘You’vegot to find what you love,’Stanford Report, June 14, 2005. Web. Retrieved from<http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html>Accessed 7/3/2016