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Gray’s Life Matters


Gray’s Life Matters

Randall Amster

For many of us on an academic calendar, which generally runs from August to May, it did not escape notice that this past year was bracketed by events in Ferguson on the front end and Baltimore on the back, with events in Staten Island and elsewhere as well as the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in between.


Dear Dr Amster
Can we start from a position that is adopted, as I understand it, by all of the world’s major religions and life philsophies? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

If this is a universally acepted principle for life, then ask yourself how much money you would accept to be killed. $10? $100? $1,000? $1,000,000? Probably none of those figures. You might well consider your life to be beyond price.

In which case, under the principle of ‘do unto others’ let us apply that value to all human lives on earth. It seems to me that, especially through the use of so-called ‘sophisticated weaponry’ those who make some of the decisions on behalf of the rest of us have determined that lives of many are valueless. Bugspalt.

But life is not a matter of economics or of actuarial calculation. And nor is it to be determined by those whose positions have put them into circumstances where they can dispose at will.

This is a matter of fundamental morality.

Let us adopt a position, and require all of our ‘leaders’ to agree it before being appointed/elected, that each human life is of infinite value - same as each of theirs.