What is the value of life?
That is the question.
With this being such a broad question, I thought I’d narrow it down and configure a better way to answer it through my own opinion. So heads up if I come off wrong to anyone reading. The value of life is they way we live our life, treat our life, and the way we cherish life.
Relating to William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, he faces some big issues, one being that his father comes back as a ghost to tell him that his uncle was the one that killed him. So now that his uncle married his mother, Hamlet feels the urge to do something about it Whether to live or to die. In Hamlet’s Soliloquy, “To be, or not to be– that is the question”, provides some textual evidence that Hamlet was in a suicidal state. In the end, he chooses life is better worth living because he wasn’t sure how much of a good time he would have in the afterlife. I think a lot of people can make a connection of their own life to this of Hamlet’s, due to having a strong inquisitive conscious that could steer you in many directions. Life is worth living because, like Hamlet, all he worried was the thought of an afterlife, and none of us know what actually happens in the afterlife so might as well live in the now. Be less fearful and groove through life regardless of obstacles that stand in your way.
In the article, “What is the Value of a Human Life” by Kenneth Feinberg, he goes into detail about how much the day, 9/11/2001, had affected many lives. He claims that all lives should be treated equally. With all the hardships that come with life, this is an important value so that in generations to come, I’d hope there wouldn’t be such a controversy. He states, “In the case of Sept. 11, if there is a next time, and Congress again decides to award public compensation, I hope the law will declare that all life should be treated the same way.” He believes that every life is different but that doesn’t mean you should treat them differently. I agree.
Lastly, in an commencement address, “‘You’ve got to find what you love,’ Job Says”, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered a speech to a class at Stanford about his life. He grew up knowing he wanted to accomplish something but he had setbacks along the way. His biological parents didn’t graduate from high school, but that didn’t stop him from achieving his goal of someday going to college. Then, into creating the first Macintosh computer, he got fired from his own company. Although that didn’t stop him from accomplishing greater things. Which lead him to the company, Pixar. He was then diagnosed with a a rare form of pancreatic cancer that was soon curable, although they gave him the same procedure they give any patient with cancer. “My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die.”, Jobs stated as he really felt he was on his death bed. He fought through cancer! He then said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Which I think is true too, you want to live the most in life because in the end no one really wants to die right?
All of these connect to each other by just having an appreciation for life.
Life is a precious thing. I wouldn’t even be here writing a blog post if it wasn’t for life, and probably Steve Jobs. Cherish it, love it, live it.