Many itself is equal for all, then

Many have questioned the purpose of life,
however I suggest a more relevant question; what is the value of life? Objects,
or beings in this case, need not always function to their purpose (if that is,
they have one at all). Instead purpose can change or adapt, and sometimes be
rendered redundant. Value may be altered, but initially value is fixed and
defined. Certain objects for example are evaluated with currency, after time
this value depreciates, but the inherent value of the object still remains,
perhaps a mere former shadow of itself, but enough to recognise. No one would
seriously sell a car for less than a chair. Although their values will
depreciate based on time and use, at no point will they be equal unless
extremes were taken into account. This is a part of inherent value. Taking
extremes into account, material and function contribute to the overall cost of
an object, a chair of pure gold, although not very functional has extreme
material value. Can the same processes be used to evaluate a person’s life? Is
someone’s career or genetics akin to purpose and material? What is the quality
of substance of life? What is its inherent value?

If the substance of life itself is equal
for all, then is all consciousness of identical value?  If all consciousness is equal, then surely a
larger volume of consciousness has more value than a lesser one, in all cases
does this mean that two humans are more important than one? Or is the value of
the substance of life the experiences a consciousness has selected to be part
of and those it has been subjected to?

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Inherent value is considered to be equal
for every human being, technically we are all of the immediate same quality.

The quality of substance however, is
another story. What is the value of life? Is there a just quantisation of the
value of life? If so, is it subjective or objective? There are multiple factors
that contribute to the value of life for an individual, primarily condition and
mentality.

Condition may be uncontrollable, it
certainly initially is. An individual is not given discretion over the
circumstances of which they are born into, nor do they give consent to even be born. As condition is usually
consequence of circumstance, your family, your genetics, the location you are
born in, the economic environment you are born into and even your legal rights
from birth are decided for you, yet they are so influential to your perceived
value of existence. Condition can often be crushing, and the lack of control of
the parameters by you and those who conceive you make it difficult to decide
who to blame. Family wealth is a condition that will affect you throughout your
life, those born with enough money to satiate their needs will think
differently from those with abundance or from those who are depraved. It is
hard to imagine the financial circumstance of a class you do not belong to, the
rich are not greedy, the poor are no more or less money obsessed and the middle
class don’t scorn those below and suck up to those above. Economic situation is
a difficult condition, it changes continuously throughout time, in the modern
era the number of people who are in extreme poverty is at its minimum, people
now, have more access to all resources required for sustenance than ever before
in history. And as time goes on this will only improve. However the clear class
division based on economic situation is still worldly apparent. Those more
unfortunate will not have the material luxury afforded by those who are above
them. The quality of life is definitely impacted by the economic situation, but
the primary effect is based on the individuals perception of their own class.
After all, how can you envy others for things that you are not aware exist?

Mentality is more
subjective, it is under your “control”. The various factors of
mentality differ from one individual to another, however, circumstance is very
influential to mentality. It seems that life’s value is determined by sheer
luck. Those who are blissfully ignorant shall love life. And those subject to
suffering, be it mental or physical will not be able to ignore it.

 

Is the value of life
then predetermined by initial conditions? Perhaps so…

Is it then a futile
attempt to try and improve or assign a greater value to one’s own existence?

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