Friday, 02 October 2015 07:21

Something about the value of human life...

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 Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away ... :), source”. Whoever might have said this, that’s quite likely a touchy-meaning translated into many languages, as well as felt deeply throughout cultures and age groups. But how a contemporary person understands meaning? That in my words could be described as a level of perception corresponding to the individual’s personal qualities and capabilities, given his educational level, social and personal experience, culture, beliefs, values and so, which sum J could be called our level of understanding...So since in my previous article I spoke something about natural sciences (ex. mathematics, physics, chemistry and so...), here a brief dimension towards social and humanitarian sciences and subjects, such as psychology, sociology, organizational behaviour and so... But since I am “aiming” at some “measurement” of the value of (human) life, let me try to settle a kind of definition for something that I call “shared value” ... We sense the World through our senses such as sight, smell, hearing, touch and our brain processes the information towards our level of understanding :)... Well during that process we might feel, cry, laugh... and so – or said in other words we could react towards the obtained and processed information. Also we may communicate or otherwise express the understood forward. When that communication has positive outcome we share value J... with other similarly understanding the World human beings....Some may call this happiness, but one could be happy also on his own, without sharing value with other living creatures and the Nature J..., or simply by having material things like king Midas from the Greek Mythology. 

Well in our current material world, we have something like concept saying that we could roughly settle the extremes of the human personalities in 2 types – type 1) defines himself as I am (such as -clever, gentle, creative and so) and type 2) defines himself as I have (for instance - money, houses, cars and so). And again the rest of the personalities can be assumed in between J. But since now-days we often try to quantify almost everything around us, I’d like to ask you how would you measure the shared value in this hall J - how many units of what? Well if you ask personalities of type 1) such as “the disproportionally small” or/and “the invisibly big”, each of whom was about half of an almost empty set :), you might be answered that the value of that event was equal to “X €” or so, BUT that has not much to do with shared value and value of life. Uniqueness and happiness are not measured, they are simply felt and lived J!

Also if we combine the “I have” personalities with the hierarchy of needs of Maslow , we could get a model which I would call the “Midas effect”, because even at the top levels of the pyramid we would get cars, boats or whatever else in that direction. I am not an expert in organizational behaviour and leadership, but in my view if we assume having even a pair of high-ranked bosses with predominantly “I have” personality in a big organization or society – it might be disastrous... as it was with king Midas....

In my New Finns and European point of view a good master, teacher or boss is gifted visionary closer to the “I am” personality type. Such that would inspire his/her students or workers to learn/work and give their best with passion, desire or even at best devotion...And that usually happens via the personal qualities and example of the master, such that would inspire his/her followers to move ahead by admiring his deserved leadership. Also I want to point out that in such environment the shared value in the collective is strongly both-sided and makes human life worth more :),for real achieving both high quality quantified outcomes and shared value among living creatures ....

P.S. There is also a saying: “....that after all it’s not so important where you are coming from and where you will end, but whether you’ve been happy on the way!”... That’s the way of life-long shared value and uniqueness, so please at the very moment you’re reading this, look around you and try to get more out of life...

P.S.2 At school we were thought that money has “universal” exchange value? Well there is nothing wrong with money by itself... Same as the numbers and the letters they were invented by people exactly for exchange, trade or whatsoever, but let me try to give you my view about them - money could also be seen as multiplier of the basis :). Something like “the more the most” from the fairy-tales J. I mean that if the basis is something good with more money we could get even better of it or beyond ... But also if the basis is not good with more money we usually get worse of the same or beyond... Or said in other words I believe that more money has more life-value in the hands of good people, teachers, bosses and so...

Kind regards, Rosti .... .... ... ???????¿

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