The Value of Being Human
The system we designed to value things is devaluing people
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?
- A president accused of sexual assault
- A court justice accused of sexual assault
- Women confront Jeff Flake on Brett Kavanaugh support: ‘Don’t look away from me’
- A reporter tortured, murdered and dismembered
- A country facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world
- An intergovernmental panel on climate change report
- A proposed carbon tax
- The privatization of public spaces
- A movement to protest the mistreatment of black bodies in America
- The rise of artificial intelligence
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.
Corporation - Wikipedia
Where local law distinguishes corporations by the ability to issue stock, corporations allowed to do so are referred to…
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.
Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics
In this feature-length documentary, Marilyn Waring demystifies the language of economics by defining it as a value…
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?