What is life
What is life? What value does it hold? Should the worth of one’s life be calculated into dollars and cents or should life depend solely on how much that individual decides to embrace their existence? Throughout the decades, many people and societies have tried to search for the answer as to whether life should be put into terms of monetary value. Within today’s day and age, inequality still remains prevalent in many countries around the world where gender, ethnicity, and social status continue to determine one’s worth in society.
Life is a precious commodity. Much like a gem, life is valuable and should be cherished for all it’s worth. However unlike these glistening, expensive riches, a price, no matter how big, cannot be put on one’s life. Nonetheless, our government is trying to change that. “Until the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 created a small city’s worth of grieving families and the government established an unprecedented fund to compensate them, the mathematics of loss was a little-known science.” (Ripley 1). This compensation set in stone by the government would prioritize the families and people who fell victim during the terrorist attacks. While some may find this reimbursement as a “gift,” others have taken personal offense to the low-payment apology that the government seeks to give victims’ families. One woman, in particular, spoke up and stated, “If your wife was brutally raped and murdered and you had to watch and listen to it happen, what would you think the right amount would be?” (Ripley 3).
Every individual born into this world lives a completely different life than the person standing right next to them. Some live lives filled with tragedy and turmoil while others are granted with a life of luxury and good fortune.
There is only so much time that we can get in a day, a year, and even in a lifetime. As human beings, we do not have the ability to see into the future and discover when our time on this Earth will come to an end. The only thing we can do is live out our best lives and hope that we are blessed with being given another day to build up relationships, experience new adventures, and create longlasting memories. Lance Armstrong is just one of the many survivors who has faced death and lived to share his story about his new outlook on life. “When I was 25, I got testicular cancer and nearly died. I was given less than a 40 percent chance of surviving, and frankly, some of my doctors were just being kind when they gave me those odds” (Armstrong 4). Lance never imagined cancer becoming the reason why his life changed so drastically. He always enjoyed living a fast life, never once taking things slow. He often took things for granted because of his ability to endure more physical stress than the average person. However soon after discovering that he was diagnosed with cancer, Lance began to appreciate the little things and opened up saying, “My illness was humbling and starkly revealing, and it forced me to survey my life with an unforgiving eye” (Armstrong 5).
Life shouldn’t be wasted. No amount of money, successes, and power can decide how valuable a person’s existence is. When faced with the question, “Should life be put into monetary values?” The answer is no.