Life is not precious.
It just isn’t. We want it to be, and since we are so self-aware it is hard to imagine that we don’t matter at all, but let’s look at some
First of all, we currently have about 7 Billion people in the world. 10 years ago we only had 6 Billion people in the world, and in another 10 years
we are supposed to have 8 Billion people in the world! If some new Demon came along and massacred 1 million people everyday, without rhyme or reason,
just straight up murdered and massacred, and he did this every single day, weekends, holidays, even leap-year! And he kept this massacre up every
single day for the next 6 years without fail, we would still have approximately the same population we had in 1999. In other words, the world
The world has not changed outrageously since 1999, and if the population went back to 1999 levels, it wouldn’t be
significant in any way, unless you were one of the ones directly impacted by the murder. If all the murders took place in some rural area of Africa
or Asia, the Industrialized nations, and the West would barely notice.
So, if 1 million people per day could be murdered for 6 straight years, and the impact would be negligible, then obviously life is not precious, but
let’s look at more….
Pharoahs were considered to own everything in their domain, including the people that served under them, and the original pharaohs would have their
servants knocked in the head, or made to drink poison and buried with them.
The lives obviously had no intrinsic value of their own, they were only useful as servants in life and in death.
Samurai, Kamikaze pilots, Islamic Suicide bombers, and Monks have all proven thousands of times over to be willing to sacrifice their lives for
political statements. They even believe it is their honor and duty and that an award in heaven awaits them for ending this life.
Obviously the life is not valuable except as a sacrifice or statement to serve a greater cause.
What about soldiers? Governments, parents, and populations willingly send their youth off to war with full knowledge that they will kill and be
killed. There is some acceptable amount of sacrifice. Many soldiers voluntarily go into battles knowing there is almost zero chance of surviving it.
Think of Iwojima, and Hamburger Hill, and Gettysburg, and the Hundred Days Offensive, and
And those are just the modern day battles that come to the top
of my mind. Throughout history young men have gladly sacrificed millions or billions of their lives, often in losing efforts to conquer another
population for nothing more than bragging rights and honor. Their governments, parents, and citizens celebrated their bravery and celebrated their
There lives meant nothing more than bragging rights, they were not precious.
What about thrill-seekers? Adrenaline junkies, drug users, extreme athletes, and explorers have often risked their lives or given up their lives for
just brief moments of glory or discovery, and that brief moment, if attained, justifies the end of their life. The fleeting moment of victory or
glory outweighs their very existence.
Their physical life was not precious. They can never be immortal, but their accomplishments can be immortalized.
What about crimes, murders,
torture, kidnapping, abuse, slavery,
assassinations, and suicides? In far too many cases it seems almost trivial to take possession over another human being, test them, prod them,
experiment on them, abuse them, manipulate them, use them up, and discard them for some greater good, or for pure curiosity or entertainment.
It happens all the time
and there is no outrage. There is an expectation and normalcy
Obviously life is not precious.
The more time one spends on ATS, or watching cable news, or playing video games, or watching movies, or working or visiting a hospital, or being
involved in government or law enforcement or military, or even reading religious text or history, or studying sociology or psychology, or becoming
educated in any means, including science or philosophy, no matter what one spends their time doing….. it becomes more and more clear that life is
not precious. In fact, life is common, mundane, and insignificant.
Far too many people spend life just wasting time, waiting for the next development, looking ahead to the future or back to better times, and all the
while life is passing right by. Far too many people give up on life willingly, or allow others to sacrifice their own lives without much forethought.
Human history is barely a blip on the timeline of the Earth, and we’ll be gone before we even know it. Some people will read this and their lives
will be over within seconds, minutes, hours or days. Others have lost someone they know all too recently. We just go on with our lives. We don’t
make extraordinary efforts to enjoy every moment, or connect with our loved ones, or reflect on our purpose for existence, we just get through each
day and rush to the next one until we run out of days.
Life is not precious………… BUT IT SHOULD BE!