03
Mar
11

Why? You tell me

Well, we know our value!  According to the NY Times, government agencies now have formulas to determine what we are worth as human beings. Apparently, the Environmental Protection Agency, for one, suggests the value of a human life to be $9.1 million [previously set at $6.8 million under the Bush administration. For some reason we are appreciating]. The Food and Drug Administration set the price a $7.9 million while the Transportation Department places us each at $6 million.

Here’s what I’d like to know. How exactly are these agencies determining human value? Based on what? With nothing higher than subjective opinion upon which to base judgments and calculations, whose subjectivity is being accepted? Or is there something more objective driving the formulas? Which then begs the more pertinent and troubling question — WHY are government agencies placing dollar amounts on human beings? What’s the point? The possibilities are chilling but not necessarily unexpected or even unreasonable within a secular society.

As C. Evertt Koop and Francis A. Schaeffer noted 30 years ago in their book, Whatever Happened to the Human Race, “If man is not made in the image of God, nothing then stands in the way of inhumanity. There is no good reason why mankind should be perceived as special. Human life is cheapened.”

Perhaps the tragic irony of our time is that as our government steadily increases the dollar value on life, they at the same time cheapen it.

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