The Value of Being Human

The system we designed to value things is devaluing people

Stephen Bau
Oct 19, 2018 · 2 min read

The universe is trying to get our attention.

All of these events in the news seem to be random, unrelated and frightening. What should we make of the world that we live in?

At the heart of these stories is the value of being human.

‘I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me. I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter’

The Capitalism Brand

If capitalism was a brand, that brand is losing trust at a precipitous rate.

Corporations are legal entities that assume the rights and privileges of human beings to limit liability to their investors.

In other words, corporations avoid culpability and responsibility in the eyes of the law for crimes against humanity by impersonating humans.

The system is designed to devalue human beings. The news is revealing what we most fear, if you are at all familiar with the dystopias that we create as fiction and entertainment. We are afraid that our own inventions will destroy us.

Well, look around. It’s happening.

The Carbon Tax

The world agrees that we should steal from the rich to give to the poor. However, the rich disagree.

The Human Tax

Can we put a price on being human?

What is the value of a human life?

Some say that we should take a closer look at the way we value things and the way we value people.

Can we ask William D. Nordhaus to consider another calculation? What are the incentives to value human beings? What market signal can we create to respond to what the universe is telling us about ourselves?

Stephen Bau

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Designer, writer, educator, social architect, founder, Builders Collective, Leading with Design.

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