The Value of Life

"Out of 5.8 billion people in the world, the majority of them are certainly not believers in Buddhism. We can't argue with them, tell them they should be believers. No! Impossible! And, realistically speaking, if the majority of humanity remain nonbelievers, it doesn't matter. No problem! The problem is that the majority have lost, or ignore, the deeper human values - compassion, a sense of responsibility. That is our big concern."

(The Dalai Lama)


My Life Has Value

I guess I should explain what motivated me to write “I’m Mad as Hell”. First let me say I am not mad at any one person or any one entity. I wanted your attention. I am mad at how we let our world become what it is today. We all need to accept responsibility for this. It is not the fault of any one person. It is not the fault of any one action. It is the fault of each and every one of us. We all bought into the dream, but the dream is not working. When the dream becomes a nightmare, what do you do? You wake up. We need to wake up and see the real world. Get out of the dream. This is not going to go away. We cannot sweep it under the rug. We must take a good hard look at society today and see what we have become.


Where Are We Going

""Cheshire Puss," asked Alice. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to go," said the Cat. "I don’t much care where," said Alice. "Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat."

(Charles "Lewis Carroll" Dodgson--from the book Alice in Wonderland)


It seems we have lost our way. We have become so caught up in want, that we have forgotten need. We have forgotten compassion. We live in our dream world and do not look past our own doorstep. But what of the lost, the hungry, the homeless. What of the hurt, the grieving, the despairing. It is easy to become so caught up in the race to the top of the tower, that we forget life. We forget that all our things are meaningless in the bigger scheme of things. You know what they say; you can't take it with you when you go.

What will be your legacy? What will you be remembered for? I wish to be remembered as a loving and giving person. When I go, I do not want it said, "oh, yea, she excelled at stepping on others to get to the top". The ends to not justify the means. It is the journey, not the destination that defines us. Because in the end, there is always one more mountain to conquer, one more staircase to climb. The journey is called life and life does not end with the attainment of our goal.

Enjoy the journey. Look around, smell the roses, take a deep breath. This journey is marvelous and amazing. Do not rush from one destination to another, live the journey. Look for the beauty, find the treasures along the way. "Treasures? What treasures?" you ask. The most priceless treasure you will ever know, yourself and each other. We are the most priceless treasure today. When someone passes you by without noticing, know they have passed a treasure beyond compare.


"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

(Dwight David Eisenhower)


Human Nature

Every single one of us has value. Our lives have value. We are each unique and different, but in many ways the same. All humans have the same basic needs. There are certain things that we cannot do without. We need clean air, clean water, shelter, food and love. In these we are all the same. However, we must value our diversity. In our diversity is our unique value.

It is human nature to want to fit in. This feeling is caused by one of our most basic needs…the need for love. Humans do not thrive in aloneness. I am not saying that we cannot live alone, nor am I saying we cannot be happy alone. The point I am trying to make is that as human beings we are social animals. We are more productive, live longer and are happier when we are a part of a group. Family, friends, community, country…these are all groups that the human belongs to. But they do not define who we are.

Human nature also dictates that we all want to be individuals. We do not want to be a number, we want to be seen for who we are. We want to have our individual set of talents and skills recognized as being useful. We want to be valued, not for our sameness, but for our uniqueness. We know innately that there is no other person exactly like us in the entire world. The truth is there is no other person exactly like us in the history of the world. No one else has walked in our shoes. No one else has seen exactly what we have seen. We are unique. Each and every one of us is absolutely and wonderfully unique. In our uniqueness we are all equal and equally wonderful. In our uniqueness we find our value.

“There are four questions of value in life... What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”

(Don Juan deMarco, 1995)


Our Value

What is value? Value is the intrinsic worth of something. Then we may ask what is worth? Worth is the things that make something valuable, useful and desirable. So ask, what is our value, what is our worth? How do we determine our value, our worth. I feel we determine our value in what we give, in who we love and in how much compassion we show to each other.

We must not tie our value to our jobs, how much money we make, the size of our home, or any of the many other things we have. To tie our value to any type of possession would mean we lose our value if we lose that possession. Being that we cannot lose our value, value cannot be tied to possessions. Our value arises from inside us. It is in our hearts, our minds, our souls and, yes, even in our hands.

Our value cannot be measured in money. We are each unique, one of a kind, we cannot be replaced or rebirthed, and for this reason each of us is priceless. There will never be another just like us. We are the only one. We can be cloned, but even our clone will not be us. Each person's brain's neural pathways are forged through what we see, what we do, what we hear, taste and touch. There will never be another who has all of your experiences. You are unique and priceless.

Know Your Value

What is wrong with the world today that so many people do not feel valued? Why is it that we do not see our own uniqueness, our own pricelessness? Because society teaches that our value is tied to our possessions. If we do not have a good job, we have no value. If we do not have a big house, we have no value. No car, no bank account, bad credit rating...no value.

This is not true. We have already established that each of us is unique. There is no way to ever replace us. We are priceless, in and of ourselves. There never has been and there never will be another one of us. This has nothing to do with what we own, what we have. It has everything to do with what we are, who we are. No-one can take our value from us. Even after our deaths our value lives on in the hearts of our family and our friends.

So the next time you feel like the left foot remember you are priceless. The next time you look in the mirror and think, "I'm not this" or "I wish I was that", remember that you are unique, you are priceless. The next time someone tries to tell you that you are not good enough, remember that you are good enough. You too are a wonderfully unique and priceless individual, and in this uniqueness we are all equal.


You Are Priceless

"To you is granted the power of degrading yourself into the lower forms of life, the beasts, and to you is granted the power, contained in your intellect and judgment, to be reborn into the higher forms, the divine."


(Giovanni Pico della Mirandola)


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37 comments

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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

I want to come back as a student of spritual teachings,as long as I don't have to ummmmmmmmmmm.


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rainshadow 7 years ago

You already know form my writitng I am mad as hell. I hope ten thousand people read this hub and get a bug up their collective &%$#%*. Anyway, great links and great points. As always.


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

Kari,

You are right about all humans having value. We are made in the image of God, and He placed in us an innate desire to know Him. He also valued us enough to send His Son.

I have to agree with a bumper sticker I see once in a while.

"No Jesus, No peace", "Know Jesus, Know peace" May His peace be yours.


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

I loved this..especially the coffee video.

And just remember..wherever you go, there you are. ;)

And although I say I can't agree with R Burow (ohh so close!) all the way, knowing peace is very easy to do. Know yourself, know your strengths, know your weaknesses.

And know no fear. ;)

Stress and strife...Satan's little helpers. ;)


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

We are unique and in this uniqueness we are all equal - rivetting thought, that. So often we forget about the latter part of the verse: Love your neighbour as yourself. I've often felt if we loved - and as you say 'valued' ourselves, it would be so much easier to let that love flow out to others!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

someone, Why wait until you come back...today seems like the perfect day! And I'll never tell you to say ummmmmm. :D

rainshadow, I know from your writing that you are mad as hell and also looking for a peaceful answer. Thanks for being here and thanks for being who you are. :D

R Burow, Good to see you! We all have value, and I really want everyone to realize it! We are all priceless, it is not tied to what we have or who we know. It is in our uniqueness that creates our value. :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

lxxy, I love that video also! You are so right, we must know ourselves, our strengths, our weaknesses...in this we learn our value. Our value is always there, just sometimes we lose sight of it. And fear is the chain that holds us down and in place, keeping us stagnant. I agree, we need to let the fear go. :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Shalini, That is what this hub is about. Helping people realize their value. It is hard to love and value others unless we love and value ourselves. Society seems to teach that the more we have, the greater our value. People need to understand this is not the truth. The truth is we are all priceless. It is often easier to realize about others, than about one's self, but it is true. :D


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BirteEdwards 7 years ago

k@ri - great continuation of your writing on how mad you are.

You got some great points across. The Alice in Wonderland quote is fabulous. Way too may go through life not knowing where they are, where they want to go, and complain all the way.

I have read the coffee story, this one really nice on video.

I question one thing: Do you really want peace? Do the people who have peace accomplish anything in this world, and I am not talking about material accomplishments. People like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, may have come to terms with who they were, but I don't think they were at peace with the world. If they had been, would they have been so active in their field?

Love reading your writings


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Connie Smith 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

K@ri, you are priceless! With all the violent arguing going on these days across America about whether we all deserve healthcare or just the elite that can afford it, it can make one feel like the world is just going insane. Then you come along with your goodness and your words of wisdom and give us hope that the world can balance itself out again. Keep it up, girl.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

You certainly got it right, K@ri. You have a very good head on your shoulders and a heart as your compass. Great work here. I see that you share the same ideals as a devout Buddhist (I'm Buddhist by the way). I wonder if you are too. Thanks for speaking out in what you believe in. You get my vote.


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mchebli72 7 years ago

job well done


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

You are on a roll sweet Lady...a very nice one...:O) Hugs


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

This is what I needed to hear. I guess people get carried away with their jobs and all but to think that each and every one of us are made specially different makes it worth while. :)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thank you Birte! I love the coffee story, it's truth is overwhelming. I'm not really calling for "peace" per se. More of an awakening to what is really important. Don't get me wrong peace is important, but until we learn our value and the value of others, until we can accept our diversity and value it, until we can love others it will not happen.

This is a call to people to realize how precious, unique and priceless each of them really is. :D


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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

k@ri, the Eisenhower quote says it all for me! I've been told the 1800s belonged to the British Empire, the 1900s to the U.S. and the 2000s to the Chinese. Wonder how this will affect the homeless.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Connie, We are, each of us, priceless! Thank you so much for being here! I feel the goodness and words of wisdom I write here are just echoes of what I sense from all over the world. Our lives have value! We are each priceless, unique and diverse. We are good enough. :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

dohn, Thank you for being here. The ideals I share are not from one religion, but I feel from all. We are priceless. We are unique. We have value, in and of ourselves. Our diversity in religion, lifestyle and country helps to define our uniqueness and in our diversity we find our unique value. We are all more alike than different, and more different than alike. In this is our greatest gift to each other. :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

mchebli, It's good to see you! I really enjoyed your hubs. Thank you! :D

G-Ma, I may be sweet, but you are a true lady. You have inspired me greatly here at HubPages and I want to thank you. Thank you for being who you are and thank you for being here! :D

May, Since the day I first found you on HubPages you have shared your strength and humor. You are a most amazing woman. I truly believe every thing in life has purpose and your purpose must be great. I can feel that in you. You are priceless and amazing. Thank you for being here and sharing with us! :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Storyteller, It's great to see you! That quote is very powerful, and it does seem that we are sliding down the slippery slope. And actually hearing about all the people who are being foreclosed on, families sent into the streets, while homes sit empty was one of the things that hurt my soul so much I needed to ask for global awakening. We have the resources and we are denied the use of them. Where is the sense of this? I don't have answers, I just want each of us to know that we are priceless, we have value, in and of ourselves. Not because of our job, our home, our possessions, but because we are. Thanks for being here, you are a strong influence for good in this world. :D


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Mr. Happy 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Very, very good. Hats down!


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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Great hub Kari. Its imp to remember that everthing in this world is ephemeral and one shld not get carried away by these things. Respecting and valuing one ownself is imp. Keep up the good work.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Mr. Happy, Thank you, you have excellent hubs that address real and growing concerns in our societies. Thank you for being here! :D

Thanks jay, I really think that the first step in fixing our world is for people to gain the understanding of their own worth. We need to remember we are not just a number on a spreadsheet. We are priceless. We have value. Thanks for being here! I really do love your "Start Counting Your Blessings" hub and revisit it from time to time for inspiration. :D


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Kathryn Plasencia 7 years ago from USA

You sure do have a way with illustrations! Thanks for another great hub 80)


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Mr. Happy 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

No, thank You! :)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Kathryn, Thank you for reading! Glad you liked it. :D


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

k@ri, this is great. Eloquently expressed. I agree, we are so caught up in the "rat race" to the top that we forget to be kind and considerate to others. It is good to know that there is someone like you who can help to bring us back to what life is really about...

Thanks and kudos to you.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

DynamicS, Thank you! You are another inspiration here on HubPages. I've read some of your hubs and they are filled with light and beauty. Thanks for being here with us. :D


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Kari: When my 18 year old nephew passed away and I looked at his young body in the casket, all I could see was love. That is what he took with him and what he left behind, love. This touched me deeply because this is the same for every human on this planet, we are love, and to Love we return. If we learn to love ourselves, we will in turn be open to being a loving presence in the world. As Ghandi said, "be the change, you wish to see in the world." One changed person creates a ripple effect. I know this is the message of your hub-was just thinking out loud. :)

As always, thanks for being an inspiration.

Much love to you!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Violet, Thanks for sharing this. I always love to hear your thoughts! Much love back!


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Kingwiththeaxe 7 years ago from Washington , DC

Wow , so THAT'S how you make great pages ?!! I'm also from the DC area ( born and raised in P.G. County now living in Ohio ) so I'm a "home teamer" , anywho , keep up the great work that was a real treat seeing how writing SHOULD be done !! Im a BIG FAN !! TC


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Mary Neal 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Hello! Thanks for the article. I am no Buddist, but there is a quote from my own religion that says the same: "Love ye one another as I have loved you."

Nowhere is the worthiness of an individual more celebrated than in Christianity. Jesus told a parable about a shepherd who left the fold to go and retrieve a single lost sheep.

Thanks for your great art. I especially enjoy the graphic on DIVERSITY. A silly tulip argued with a gladiola about which flower was more worthwhile. Aren't they both truly lovely?

Mary


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

King, Thank you very much!

Mary, Diversity is what we are all about! I'm not a Buddist either, but that was the best quote. And the tulip and gladiola are both very lovely! :D


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Informative Article. I enjoyed your important article.God Bless


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

stars439, Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. We all are priceless additions to this world...we each have unique skills and talents...together we make this world whole. :D


ASeaRogue 6 years ago

Just wanted to say hello and I see you are still doing outstanding work


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thanks Dan, it's very good to see you! I'll be stopping by your site soon. :D

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