Blog by Associate Colette Parker

I’m pretty sure that we have all heard “Everything has a price” – as in: for the right price, anything can be bought or sold.

As I pondered that idea, I was reminded of a dialogue between a professor and fellow student in one of my history courses in college (a few years ago, wink wink). It went something like this:

Professor: Anything can be bought.

Student: Well, you can’t buy love.

Professor: Maybe. But for the right price, you can buy a pretty good imitation of it.

The class erupted in laughter, as the student conceded that the professor had a good point.

I think that memory moved to the forefront of my mind because I needed a light moment before tackling the really serious question that started my deliberation: How much is a human life worth? – $10 million, the EPA’s value of statistical life for 2016? a billion? $18 billion, the amount that the U.S. reportedly cleared in new arms deals with Saudi Arabia in 2017? a trillion? Or is it invaluable?

I choose the latter. I believe that life is a sacred gift from God; therefore, it is not to be treated like a cheap commodity. I believe that it is a mistake to disregard the value of human life, no matter what the circumstances.

I choose to respect and value my life and the lives of others. I believe the dignity of a human soul is worth more than any economic gain.

I was horrified when I heard an Evangelical leader say “you don’t blow up an international alliance over one person” in response to the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

I am not willing to give up my commitment to championing human rights for economic benefit. I am not okay with jeopardizing America’s global reputation as a moral authority that advocates respect for human rights in exchange for money from arms sales.

Are you?

Posted in Associate Blog, News


  1. Thank you Colette! I’m with you at NO. And it’s not just Khashoggi — we know his name but the lives of countless unknown, innocent people are harmed if not ended everyday because of all the people who say yes. If only political and business/economic leaders would say no, and take action consistent with that no.

  2. NO, NO, NO. Thank you for your blog. Besides the Evangelical Leader, I saw President Trump saying something similar on TV. This is beyond dangerous.

  3. Thank you for your comments. I know that the Evangelical leader is not speaking as a Christian; he is only concerned with economic gains and God is not in the picture.That just terrifies me because he is leading his flock as a false prophet. yet worst, they are listening and following his direction. Your last paragraph said it all. Through our actions (voting) and prayers we can change things.
    Jacqueline E. Mayo

  4. If only more people, especially our leaders, would think that way, it would be a more peaceful world.
    Bravo, Collette

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.