The Spectrum of Good and Bad and the price tag on life
Before we begin make sure you are reading this with an open mind.
Good and bad is a definite concept to most human beings, you may be one of the majorities who feel definite and solid about the topic. My task is to break that and make you think once again what is really good and bad, hopefully by the end of the article we can achieve that.
Even a child knows what is good and bad, it’s almost obvious. Let’s analyze this by placing good and bad on two ends of a spectrum. Imagine +5 to be good and -5 to be bad, as soon as this number line format comes to mind we are hit with an inevitable question. What is zero? We will find out by the end of the article. And on what basis do we rank incidents as good and bad? I am not going to answer the last question because I can’t. This article is to make you think not to answer your problems regarding the existential crisis you are facing right now.
Stealing from the poor is evil. But is stealing from the rich that bad? Is stealing to feed the poor considered good? Once you think of the number line and try to answer these questions you will soon find you that we can’t really rank them at all.
Let’s face another scenario. There is a murderer on the loose, you and a group of people captured him and the people voted for you to decide whether he lives or dies. Who is eviler? The one who protects evil or the one who destroys evil?
If we were to compare this scenario to our judiciary system you will find that they are very similar almost identical in some aspects. The final decision always rests with one person or a very small group. Is it for you to decide who lives or dies?
Now since I have messed up your mind let’s talk about our subtopic the price tag on life.
This is something we often hear from our parents and something that’s a bit overused in movies. “You can’t place a price tag on life”. Again, to understand this you will have to step back into your brain.
Consider a situation where two buildings are being flooded at a fast rate, on top of building A there are two men in their 30’s. Above building B there is a woman in her 70’s with a 6 month old baby. You can only save one group before both the buildings collapse. Who do you choose?
I continue this article on the assumption that you made a choice if you did you just put a price on life.
If you thought maybe if you didn’t make the choice then you wouldn’t have to put a price. You chose not to choose, you chose not to save them and yes you put a price on their life, it’s zero. And that answers our above question.