The Troubling Calculus of Human Value

We have to start thinking harder about the value of Human life

A trillion is 1,000,000,000,000, also know as 10 to the 12th power, or one million million. It’s such a large number it’s hard to get your head around it, so sometimes trillion just means “wow, a lot.”

What a strange mathematical awareness Humans have. We make the assumption that there are too many people on Earth means life ISN’T precious. Or that poor people existing is evidence of their inability to hack it living on Earth with all the privileged people. Or any other of other specious comments denoting a distancing of the privileged from anyone who isn’t.

NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 55,000 light-years in diameter and approximately 60 million light-years away from Earth.
  • Money matters more than ethics. See any government.
  • Money matters more than culture. See any religion.
  • Money matters more than peace. See any war.
  • It isn’t life for life sake.
  • It isn’t religion because it defines us from them.
  • It isn’t fear as a control vector.
A year later Flint, Michigan is still in crisis.
A segment of the Hubble Deep Field image. Each of these blogs of light is a galaxy composed of millions of stars and can have millions of planets capable of supporting life. Alas, we have no proof of the existence of life beyond Earth.

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