The Value Of A Life

1454 WordsFeb 12, 20176 Pages
“What is the value of a life?” This is a question that has plagued humanity for thousands of years. There doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer even after years of long thought and study. The main reason revolves around the idea of determining which qualities are needed in order to measure the “value of a life”. For example, is a person’s net worth the most important quality that needs to be considered or should other things be considered such as how many people was this person able to make happy throughout his life? Since we don’t know what to base the value of a life on, it follows that people can be viewed as more or less valued depending on how their strengths are perceived. For example, the life of Bill Gates would be considered…show more content…
As long as the action fits into our moral compasses, we should do what follows our moral virtues. Even if the outcome is not the most desirable, this is alright because you “did your portion of the work by having the most moral intentions possible” (Thomsen). If a situation were to arise where four children are tied down to a train track and a train is approaching and the options available to you were push a larger man in front of the train so that the four children can be saved or do nothing and the four children will inevitably die, Kant would argue that we should not push the fat man in front of the train because it would go against our moral compass. Even though four children could be saved, Kant would agree that pushing the fat man in front of the train will inevitably cause him to die. But he asks how can we know that causing the fat man to die will save the four children before it even happens? Even though four lives could be saved, we are using the fat man as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. Essentially, when people are used as a means to an end we are sacrificing the moral dignity of that person. Every person needs to have a sense of dignity because it is a better scenario than not having dignity according to the logic of Kant. The reason that we can know that we all have a free will is because we know that God exists. The reason that we know that God exists is

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