How Much is It Worth to You?
Everything is measured in financial impact….either gain or loss. We have become so materialistic that even our disasters are measured in the cost to rebuild and restore. War is not so much centered on the high cost of human life as it is the “billions” of dollars spent so far. The horror of a terrorist attack, police manhunt, or rescue mission will have the “price tag” for the operation stated in every newscast.
If I had lost a son or daughter, spouse, or parent in combat, I would not be so interested in the cost of the armaments and manpower’s supplies as I was about knowing that our leaders are pressing for imminent victory so the war can cease. Without victory, I would tend to speculate about the justification of the death of my loved one and so many others.
How much is a human life worth? Depends on who you are asking. To an abortionist, only the fee to destroy and pull a baby from a womb. If it is a “student”, the value is money in the coffers of schools that are paid by federal funds on how many are in class daily. To a college, the value is the income from tuition of a enrolling students each fall.
The Straits Times, Monday, September 30, 1996 – “NO MONEY, NO RESCUE!”
A 6-YEAR-OLD boy drowned in a river in southern China after bystanders refused to rescue him unless his penniless sister paid to save her brother’s life, a newspaper reported.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported that Huang Tao and his 8-year-old sister were standing on a bridge overlooking Huang yang chuan River in Ganzhou province watching soldiers in a drill when he slipped and fell into the water. Huang Tao cried out for help, but no one responded to her plea.
“There were many people fishing, walking or playing on either side of the river… but no one would help the little boy,” the newspaper quoted a stinging commentary published in the Women’s Daily in China. A group of young men playing cards told the girl to stop bothering them. A vendor folded up his stand and left without a word.
“If I rescue him, what good will it does me?” asked a young man. The commentary said that “the boy was not killed by the merciless waters, but by the merciless hearts of those people.”
Tao’s struggles kept his head above water for several minutes before he succumbed to exhaustion. Only when the boy’s parents, alerted by his sister’s screams, arrived and offered 100 yuan ($17) did the bystanders indicate an interest.
“The young men even tried to bargain for a higher price,” the newspaper said. As soon as the soldiers heard the commotion, several rushed over to save the child but it was too late. A fisherman who retrieved Tao’s body refused to turn it over to his sobbing parents until they paid him 200 yuan. “Money itself is not cruel, but when people are obsessed by it, the world becomes a terrible place,” the newspaper said. (Copied).