Homicidal Pacifist wrote:nameless wrote:What makes the average 3 year old any more valuable than an older person, me for instance? I'd think that he he would be, argueably, less valuable. He is all needs, while I contribute much!
Uh... my first problem with that comment is that the fact that he is all needs is not his fault.
No, it is not his "fault", it is his reality. Just as i am is not my "fault" but my reality.
Furthermore, since he is all needs, he oviously needs your help.
If we have shifted the conversation from the todler being a stranger to his being my son, please let me know when you want to change the rules of engagement.
And there are many times that i 'help' strangers, whether toddlers or ancients or anyone else. That is my nature, not my 'fault'.
Depends on Perspective, no?
Though he may not be contributing to the world in excess right now (again, not his fault)
He does bring joy (and fertilizer)! *__-
does not mean that his life (had it been saved) will not soon amount to having a much more positive impact on the world than your life.
If he dies, there is not a thing that he 'could have been'. There are no options to that which is.
There are those who think so.
I'm sure you are, but are you also not contributing by refusing to save his life at the cost of your own?
Hahaha.. There are many moments in all of our lives that we are not directly contributing to society. From another Perspective, though, I contribute even when I meditate, or simply engage in critical thought, or take a bath, or... get the idea? I am also contributing by staying alive and not sacrificing this life for every cause for which some yahoo would see me die.
What contribution can be higher than laying down your own life for the life of a stranger?
How about finding the cure for AIDS or cancer, for starters? How about feeding my family? How about planting a tree?
It's (value) in the eye of the beholder, I guess.