Investing in Your Life
There occur instances when an individual gains interest to dig deep into the beliefs that are held in our lives in order to understand our lives better. Peter Singer questions about the equality and worth of human life in his report, “What Should a Billionaire Give and What Should You?” In addition, Mark Twain in his “Advice to Youth” speech talks about basic things to which he assumes a youth’s life will linger with surety of obeying the life advice. These two are just examples of different social beliefs held in life that design our thoughts and daily lives.
According to Peter Singer’s article “What Should a Billionaire Give and What Should You?” Billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, socialists, and Human Right Organizations believe that human life is equal and important to all at all times. This is because Peter’s collections of individual thoughts and human right organization assume that human life is priceless, arguments that are based on social equity drive. This reasoning is not factually based (Moland, 2011, p. 109). It is rather counterfactual reasoning to give hope to the disadvantaged rather than facing the actual issues that cause disparities in human life. The fact in the issue is that human life is not equal and can be priced. Cultural and economic differences make people’s way of life different right from the onset of it at birth. However, the differences that exist cannot be fully eliminated through giving financial handouts as proposed by the Billionaires Bill Gates and Warren. Increase in human capital through training and experience make human life valuable since we are able to gauge the worth of someone based on his/her skills, knowledge, and experienced, thereby refuting the claim that human life is not valuable.
Mark Twain’s speech, “Advice to Youth” gives a one-sided argument that does not open up to the wider scope beyond his individual thoughts. He talks about respect to parents only if they are still alive. This advise overlooks the possibility of a full social life where parenting a child does not necessitate a biological parent but the social life itself (Messent, 2007, p. 167). The aspect of socialism is the cause other factors in life, such as child adoption in cases where biological parents cannot make to parent their children rightfully. Twain also mentions other advices to the youths that are self-centered without considering the scope of his own understanding about the issues he raises. Twain’s argument, therefore, stands an objection in real life situations.
Being a portion of life subject, the argument raised above faces numerous objections. The main objection would be looking at life equality from a religious perspective. Religion argues that everyone is equal before his or her creator, thereby supporting the earlier argument by Peter that every humankind is equal. Similar situation will also apply to valuation of humankind giving the worth of a person to be equivalent to eternity (Harvey, & Brest, 2013, p. 191). However, these objections cannot stand firm to be proved by any evidence in real social life. The matter of concern is that individuals are born from different cultural and economic backgrounds hence different just like sex and gender differences. The controversies can only be solved by understanding the meaning and nature of social and religious lives. It will also entail outlining how economic status affects human life. The debate would encompass distinguishing between individualism and socialism in understanding human life
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Moland, L. L. (2011). Hegel on political identity: Patriotism, nationality, cosmopolitanism. Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press.