WHAT CAN EQUAL THE VALUE OF A HUMAN SOUL?

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

9 responses to “WHAT CAN EQUAL THE VALUE OF A HUMAN SOUL?

  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

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