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How Much Is A Human Life Worth?  
User currently offlineCerulean From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 1527 times:

I know there are some people here who think that you cannot put a price on the life of a human being, or that everyone is worth the same.

In a perfect world, that would be great.

But in the real world, not all people are created equal, nor are they worth the same. Whether you realize it or not, whether you want to admit it or not, each and every last one of us has a very specific dollar amount that we are worth to the government and/or insurance industry.

So my question to you is just as the topic says:

"What is a life worth?"

What are the criteria? I've heard that there are great disparities in what the US Government are paying out to the kin of September 11 victims. I realize that a big part of it is how much Life Insurance that a person carries.

What about the "unspoken" or "unwritten" factors?

How do the following get factored in when their worth is being determined by bean counters behind closed doors?

Occupation
Age
Gender
Marital Status
Bank account/asset net worth
Physical attractiveness
Ethnicity
Number of dependents
Place of residence
Overall health
Number of friends

Thank you for your input.

-Cerulean

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User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

All humans are worth the same; a big fat zippo.
Yep, we're worthless pieces of meat gunking up a perfectly good planet.


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

Wow Jessman, that's a pretty strong opinion. Why do you think that?


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User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

Sometimes I like to throw out something from left field, even if I really completely disagree. Sort of like when MattD created Leopold, and whoever was hairyass was around. However I don't go to such lengths as make a new user name, I just post it under mine and see where it gets me.

I believe most humans have an inherent multiplicity, or at least the ability to see things from multiple points of view, such as a purely selfish point of view, or a point of view that encompasses the greater good. Sometimes the reference can be short term or long term.

A couple of posts to explain my multiple world views follow
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/91577/6/
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/261925/6/
So the real me is somewhere between a heartless sociopath, and a loving person trying to be like a perfect God.


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

It's sorta bleak, but Jessman's stated opinion is one way to look at it.

Life's worth whatever you make of it.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 1430 times:

Doesn't really fit in here but I think if you would buy the ingredients to build a human you would need about 5 US$ or so. Of course it doesn't work like that though  Big thumbs up

Max


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months ago) and read 1418 times:

Well, if it's negligence, the value of the a life depends on the skill of your lawyer.
You think I'm kidding, but I'm not.

Godbless..didn't the price actually go up towards 8 or 9 bucks in the last five years?


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

Greg,

That might be. After all damn cheap for the potencial within us...

Max


User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

http://www.HumanForSale.com



According to this I'm worth over $2,000,000.


User currently offlineSpaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

If you were Bill Gates then you are worth alot!

User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

From the stuff his body is made of even Bill Gates is really cheap, since his body is nothing else than every other body... The value of him comes from his mind...

Max


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

btw: Human 4 sale told me this:
You are worth exactly: $2,435,890.00.
The only problem was that I had to lie about where I live as they didn't accept Germany...

Max


User currently offlineDasa From East Timor, joined Aug 2001, 760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1357 times:

According to HumanForSale.com:
You are worth exactly: $2,647,854.00.
Although I had to lie about my location as only US and Canandian locations are listed.

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Das.A


User currently offlineBoeingnut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

From humanforsale.com

You are worth exactly: $2,677,978.00.

Woohoo, I win xmas!

Of course, someone will probably beat that in about 10 seconds, but for now, Im celebrating in my fleeting glory...

-boeingnut


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Every human LIFE is worth the same amount and depriving some one of life is wrong for whatever reason. I don't care what this person is, has done, will do, wants to do, says..........

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