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How Much is Your Life Worth? Mine is worth $5 million.

“You can’t be serious? A human life is priceless!” you say, and I agree, whole heartedely. But, apparently we humans have a price tag of $5 million dollars-which to be honest might be great one day if the exchange is in good shape. Right.

I don’t care what the exchange rate is, this idea of valuing human life to make financial decisions is absolutely ludicrous. I was on Yahoo News (I know a VERY reliable source of accurate information and news) and stumbled upon this article ; Read it. Curse a little too, it’s ok, I did too.

So, after reading this article, and playing a logical devils advocate with myself for a little while, I decided that if and when the value of my life comes into question, I want to cash it in. I want the equity, you know bank it for a rainy day. If my life is worth $5 million dollars and Emergency Management officials deem that the cost of spending to save lives will supersede the cost of lives saved-therefore eliminating the saving methods, then I want to cash in my $5 million bucks and move my ass somewhere safer, build my own bomb shelter or flood proof home or put in my own Tsunami Warning System.

Who put a dollar value on our lives? What iseven more disturbing is that this value takes place in obvious ways-take the Americans for example fighting overseas, their deaths coupled with the all the civilians and middle Eastern fighting back, are still not worth more than the good ol’ black gold-isn’t that right Mr. President?

I think the next time the government is humming and hawing over flood damns, forest fire protection or relief or Tsunami Warning Systems we should be forthright and scan their barcodes to see what dollar value they come in at. If they’re worth the pretty penny of $5 million dollars then perhaps they can also move a little closer to the eye of the storm.

I also wonder if all the families of the 9/11 victims would agree that their loved ones were worth $5 million dollars and if they were worth this “inflated” amount as the article depicts, how much would it would have cost the government to follow up on all those terrorist leads they had? I bet a couple of “officials” salaries.

My life will always be priceless, as will my children’s, my family members, the guy down the street, the strangers I pass, the ones I don’t pass, the colleagues, friends, and yours and yes, even the cheap misguided official crunching numbers on his calculator. Priceless.


About markella

I am a freelance writer with a creative flare for life. I see inspiration in all that I encounter and have a thirst for knowledge, life, running, cooking, being outdoors, my incredible family and of course taking pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. I spend much of my time as a student in life, learning from kids and all the wonder that surrounds us. I believe in always asking questions, even when nobody else will. l love the bountiful Okanagan Valley, where I call home and anticipate each season, as creativity and inspiration take their form all over the place here. I love the clinche saying, "You've made your bed, now lie in it." I believe we create our paths and determine our futures. Maya Angelou puts it simple and exact, " Be present in all things and thankful for all things."


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