What gives use value? Is it our jobs, family or maybe it’s what we own? Could it be our homes our cars or is it how we dress? Maybe it comes from who we know, where we hang out or what we wear. What gives us value? What makes us Human, what makes us different than other animals? Is it because we walk on two legs, having the use of the thumb or that we can speak? Is it our ability to think?
It’s a hard question to respond to, think about it for a few seconds, really what gives you value, it is because others value you, is it because you have a family, a husband or wife a child or two? Is it the social clubs you belong to?
Is the value of humanity based on human thinking, do we set our own value? If we do, than on what bases do we set it? Is the value of the human different today than it was 100 years ago, or even different than what it will be 100 years from now? What is the standard we use to judge the value of humanity?
Who sets the standard, and who decides our value? Is it something we can move up or down on based on certain conditions, like say the amount of money I make or the type of people I choose to hang out with? Is it a set standard or a sliding scale based on skin color or education? Can we purchase more value by attending the right schools or living in the right neighborhood?
Are we born in to a certain value, does one person hold more value that another? Are we stuck our whole life with a certain value regardless of what we do or become? Is life meant to be lived out with only so much value?
You may think I am just rambling on here, but I am not, I have a point to make…
Hitler decided that the Jews were of no value, that they were less human than the rest; The German government enacted a law stating this. This law allowed them to kill millions of Jews, allowed them to kill what they stated where not really human after all, they were just a subset of humanity, not fully human.
If it is humanity that gives humanity its value, that Hitler had all the rights in the world to do as he saw fit. If might is right, than Hitler was might there for he was right.
If we, as humans, decide the value of other humans than we can determine if they are worthy of life, and if we have that power, than abortion is within our rights, we can decide who lives and who dies, we assign the value.
With this thought process we as humans determine the value of others; we control the lives of others. We have the power of life and death in our fingertips. What a power to have. One that I am not glad I have.
Our value is not given to us by other humans; our value is not something to purchase or work for. Our value is a gift from God; it is God’s love that gives us value, nothing more nothing less. It matters not if we are loved here on earth, it is the love of God that gives my life value, gives the unborn life value and the Jew of the Holocaust value. If this is not true, if God’s love is not our value, than it is just a subjective value we have, one that can change day to day. God’s love is objective, not subjective we do not earn his love, we just receive his love.
If this is not true, if God’s love is not our value than we are no different than any other animal on this earth, we are of no more value than a fish or a dog. And if this is true, than we can live like them, and feel no shame. We can kill our own kind for survival, the fish eat other fish for food, Wild dogs will kill other wild dogs if they infringe on their territory. We as humans should be able to do the same, with no remorse, if it is true that we establish our own value, if Gods love gives us no value, than we should be able to do as we please.
If we look to the outside world for our value, we will never find one that is satisfying; we will always be searching for the missing link. We will always base our value on what others think, what others expect or want. When in truth our value is from God, and only from God, His love for us is the only value that matters. And with this knowledge we are set free, we will no longer feel the need to find our value in the possessions we own, or the people we know or the things we want. We will be satisfied in the fact that we know Gods love for us, and in that we find value.
The current state of humanity is one based on external value; we are searching the physical world for our value, a value that the soul will reject. It is within the spiritual world that we will find value, it is within Gods love. The more Humanity looks outside for value the more we will tolerate abortion, embryonic stem cell research and so called mercy killings. If we can determine the value of a human life, based on the world’s value system, than a life is only worth what we as a society state it is worth.
So is an unborn baby worth $5000.00 in spare parts? Is mercy killing grandpa or grandma ok if it saves the family a little stress? Are we not better than the rabbit that will eat their own if they sense danger?
Our value system is one of pure secular values, one established not on God’s love, but one on worldly possessions. We base our value on what others think, what others expect and want, we look to the outside to see what we do not have, and strive to get it. Weather it is a physical thing such as a car or house, or an emotional thing such as acceptance from others. And we are willing to go to any extremes to achieve this worldly value, even to the extreme of rejecting the love of God in the process.
So where do you get your value?