On the Value of Human Life

Unlike humanists, or religious people – I do not believe that human life is anything special or inherently meaningful. As humans, with our advanced consciousness and egos, we have this notion that our lives are somehow more ‘valuable’ than other non-human lives.

‘A human life is worth more than a plants life’ or ’10 human lives are worth more than 1000 dogs lives’ or some other statement like that. But why do people assign so much value to human lives? The humanists says its because humans have reason – that we are intelligent and provide good for the world. Yet when we look at human history all we see is a long list of violence, terror, murder and other destructive acts. Did you know that if the entire human species went extinct the earth would actually prosper – environmentally that is. Most of the problems plaguing our societies – such as poverty, crime, discrimination, warfare – all of these are human creations. Humans have done far more harm than good. Humans may be intelligent, and we may be artistic and reasonable and creative – but when you look at all the destruction and damage that humans do – its hard to think ‘well, even though we’ve destroyed this planet – at least we created some good music in the process!’

No, I do not believe that human lives are worth anything just because we can create art, or complex machines, or solve scientific problems regarding the workings of the universe.

The religious people usually say that human life has value because God has given it value, or some sort of spirit has given it value or some other notion like that. But once again I must argue that this is false – just another man-made fairy tale that tries to convince people that they are more important than non-human forms of life.

So, I disagree with both the religious and the secular humanists in regards to human life. Human life has no greater value than the life of a plant, or a bug, or any other animal or any other living thing.

Any ‘value’ that a human life has is a completely arbitrary creation and is more than likely subjective. After all, if a person had to choose between killing a stranger or killing their mother – chances are they would kill the stranger. Why though? Is the mothers life really more ‘valuable’ than the strangers? Maybe the stranger was a successful doctor who had a cure for cancer. Maybe the stranger had saved thousands of lives. In the end, it doesn’t matter what the stranger did, because a person will almost always kill him rather than their own mother.

And they’ll do this because the value of human life is subjective and man-made. Human lives have no inherent value. They have no value whatsoever actually. A human life is just like every other type of life on this planet – worthless in the long run and destined to fade away into non-existence.