What is the value of a human life?
That’s a big question. Perhaps it can be narrowed down by making it a bit more personal: what is the value of your life? What is the value of your child’s life? How about your spouse or your mother and father?
When we consider (at least in the abstract) the value of our life and the lives of those we love, we say that they are priceless. There is no trade imaginable for such a precious commodity.
Yet most of us trade our lives moment by moment for that which amounts to nothing.
We get up every morning and go to jobs that we hate to make money we don’t need to spend on things that are killing us little by little. This precious commodity, life, is frittered away for the benefit of those who only want to consume us for their own greedy ends.
We are dying in a culture that instills in us the desire for empty consumption until the ravages of that consumption consume us!
There has to be a better way.
My life, and the lives of those I know and love are worth more than that.
Life is the most precious gift bestowed by the Creator and it is not to be squandered. It is to be lived in nobility and with great honor to ourselves, to God, and to our fellow creatures.
I pray that we can learn to celebrate this gift by living it to the fullest!