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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

The Value of a Human
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:31 pm (add a comment)

As one who detests hypocrisy, I can't help but be angered by the simultaneous belief that all human beings are valuable, yet it is the dollars they earn that defines their value in society.

There is a widely spoken belief that all people are valuable. For instance, you can't run down a person with your car whether he's rich or poor. And helping strangers is generally seen as good, and hurting them bad.

Yet when it comes to the policies we make to guide our actions, it's a different story. If you have too little money, you don't deserve comforts, health care, a place to live, clothing, food, or even water. In fact, you can be so poor that you are not permitted to simply exist: you must pay for the land you stand upon, or pay whoever owns it to exist there.

So simultaneous with the spoken belief that people are valuable is the belief that existing without working for money makes you a drain on society — that society would be better if you did not exist.  This belief has been with us for generations and it is nearly impossible to imagine an alternative. I mean, consider how birds eat berries for a lifetime, but a human is not afforded the same right: the human must work for money to buy berries.

There has been a progression which started with centralized currency (or before), and ratcheted up with the Industrial Revolution. It was then that people became interchangeable parts to a system. And more importantly, that they could be sorted and ranked in value as to the supply and demand of their particular skills. Profit-centric farming is another ratcheting step although subtler: farmers are taught to think of their animals not as living things but as "product". From there we have companies who teach their managers that people are not humans with lives and value, but as "human resources" — conceptually equivalent to a vehicle or a bolt.

I think it's time we formalize this and dispense with the hypocrisy. Rather than having an outmoded caste system that permitted individual merit within a caste, we should simply rank people based on dollars. Each persons lifetime earnings will be extrapolated linearly to their expected lifespan. That is the worth of a person. An alternative but equivalent comparison can be made with jeir average dollar-per-hour rate.

For instance, Warren Buffet's net worth in 2008 was $62 billion (according to a quick check of Wikipedia), so on average over his lifetime, he earned about 2 million dollars a day or about $90,000/hour. Compare that, say, to someone earning minimum wage in New York ($7.25/hour), 40 hour weeks, from age 18 to 65 — a lifetime total of $700,000. Basically, then, if a minimum-wage earner were to detain Warren Buffet for 8 hours (whether deliberately or not), Warren Buffet could kill them and it would be considered fair because the equivalent monetary damage was done — after all, there would be no way for the minimum-wage earner to repay Buffet's loss.

And what of the confusion in making things safer? If an airline can prevent one additional crash at a cost of, say, $10 million, is it worth it? With this system, the airline can examine the expected total earnings of each passenger, and tally for each flight. If the worth exceeds the cost of the upgrade, it can be considered a good investment.

In the end, we can simplify everything in life by moving to a true dollar-based morality. It's clear that it is desirable — I mean, if human lives were valuable, we would have universal health care just like every other first-world country, yet we have constant debate that it will be used too much by poor people. The same goes for social services and even immigration. If we valued human beings as human beings, any person living in the boundaries of the U.S. of A. would be afforded the same rights and responsibilities, yet we cling to a nationalist system to ensure that some people are as valuable as unwanted insects.

So spread the word and calculate your own worth so you can know whether you're better than your neighbor. What a wonderful world this will make!

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    This evening at The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) starting around 4:30, students from The Eastman School of Music (26 Gibbs St.) will perform the music of Miles Davis in conjunction with Miles Davis Bitches Brew from The Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (6 Cannery Village Ctr., Milton, DE). [source: Tap and Mallet website]

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    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing A King in New York starting at 8 p.m. directed by Charlie Chaplin. From the Eastman House calendar, "unreleased in New York until 1972, King is an alternatively gentle and acid satire of American life, which Chaplin himself had only experienced by proxy since the 1952 revocation of his passport. Chaplin stars as King Shahdov, lately exiled from his Ruritanian backwater and beginning anew in New York, land of rock 'n' roll, TV, and Congressional red-baiting." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

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    JayceLand Pick Cynthia Howk will present an Architecture for Lunch tour starting at Washington Square Park (Woodbury Blvd at South Clinton Ave, across from Geva Theatre) today from 12:12 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. [source: Landmark Society calendar]

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    JayceLand Pick Geva Comedy ImprovMySpace link returns to Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. on Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) [source: Geva Theatre website]

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    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Velvet Elvis, FMGreenGarageBand linkMySpace link, and INN starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Over at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is The Patrons Of SweetMySpace link, and Severe SevereGarageBand linkMySpace link. [source: Monty's Krown Facebook page] [21+]


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    Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Maplewood Rose Garden (Driving Park and Lake Ave.) is The Maplewood Rose Weekend. [source: RocWiki]

    Today from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Gell Center of the Finger Lakes (6581 West Hollow Rd., Naples) is Teacher Burnout Day for teachers only: "enjoy wine, food, massage therapy, jazz music and more to revitalize yourself after a hard year of teaching." [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Tremors starting at 8 p.m. "As the seismic readings skitter off the chart, a slithering menace picks off the townsfolk." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Rochester Gay Men's Chorus will present its summer concert, Walking On Sunshine at The Hochstein School of Music and Dance (50 North Plymouth Ave.) tonight starting at 8 p.m. [source: Gay Alliance website] [all ages]

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    Father's Day

    Today at 1:15 p.m. at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.), father-and-son docent team Justin Young and Jonathan Young will present George Eastman The Outdoorsman. Then at 3 p.m., organist Joe Blackburn will present a recital on the Aeolian house organ. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

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    Today at 6 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Greg Taylor (a.k.a. Sir Linkedalot) will present LinkedIn 100: An Overview of LinkedIn — Features, Functions and Navigation [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

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    This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

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