Is everyone on the planet equally "important"?

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  1. pstraubie48 profile image82
    pstraubie48posted 10 years ago

    Is everyone on the planet equally "important"?

    Do you think all people are equally valuable, or do you think some people in certain situations might be more valuable than others?

  2. Faith Reaper profile image83
    Faith Reaperposted 10 years ago

    Oh, yes, each person, whether homeless or the president is of great value, especially in God's eyes. God is no respecter of men. He loves you and I just as much as someone in high authority. The world may view others as more important than another  group of persons, but each one of us is equally valuable! Great question dear PS. Hugs, Faith Reaper

    1. pstraubie48 profile image82
      pstraubie48posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely agree Faith... I hope all realize this. We are all special and unique in our won way with no ONE being more special than our Lord.

  3. davidray82550 profile image56
    davidray82550posted 10 years ago

    Yup!! and if its you little fellow asking these you must be  thinking about what all these peoples are doing surrounding me.."XXXX" every person is important because the roles played by them is really different and you are really gonna learn that in the coming years even the fellow who might be bullying you in class smile

  4. janshares profile image93
    jansharesposted 10 years ago

    This is a very interesting and thought-provoking question.

    -Is the working mom who takes care of 5 children and unemployed husband, works a full-time job, and directs the choir at church more valuable than the healthy and able single mother of five who is doing it alone with the help of assistance, but is sitting at home everyday?
    -Is the CEO of a multi-million dollar company who also donates 25% of earnings to charity any less valuable than the middle aged couple who donates $10 to each of their five favorite charities annually?
    -Is an esteemed doctor who graduated from Stanford, who continues to write prescriptions for his addicted patients, more valuable than the drug dealer who gave Philip Seymour Hoffman his heroin?

    My answer is yes, all people on the planet are equally valuable as human beings and equally precious as children of God. But, not all people are living and acting out their value and importance in purposeful ways. Not all people have been given the opportunity or position in life to live out the potential of their value. Some people choose not to rise to the occasion of making use of their God-given value. And some even abuse or waste it. But at each person's core being, no one is less or more important than anyone else.
    Thanks for this very complicated and controversial question.

  5. manatita44 profile image72
    manatita44posted 10 years ago

    You said it in your second sentence.

    Souls all involute (descend) with the same potential, and are all heading in the same direction, but some move faster than others. We are told in the Bible that Jesus was rather fond of some disciples, and again, it is fair to say that He was fond of all, as he chose them.

    If I can argue through modern examples, we see that Gandhi, Martin Luther, Mother Theresa and Mandela, had a huge impact on the world. Again, Obama in his first term and pre presidency was said to have more support in Europe than even America. He inspired many citizens around the globe.

    God gives special graces to some, by virtue of their individual Karma and commitment to a cause which uplifts mankind. They receive this, because they are receptive to it. So I have not done what Carl Lewis or Jesse Owens did, because they were called to this and given the necessary Grace.

    My spiritual Teacher used to say that one perfect disciple, is better than a million, but that this perfect disciple, has to come from the imperfect ones. Still, when they appear, they shoulder some of God's work and do push mankind forward on the journey of life. The names that I have given you, are just some small examples.

    So yes, we all have potential and are equally loved by God but  He favours - if that's the word - all those who are eager and willing to serve and make sacrifices for the love of His Creation. for by so doing, they actually lift and elevate mankind. God-men like the Christ, Krishna and Buddha are first on the list, naturally. Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Mikael Gorbachev as well as Mohammed Ali, are other examples.

  6. Angela Kane profile image58
    Angela Kaneposted 10 years ago

    Yes all people are equal. Many people do not believe so and think certain people are more valuable than others. Not believing someone is equal allows people to go to war and commit violence against each other without any conscience. Everyone is on this planet for a reason and we all should believe that everyone and everything has a purpose.

  7. dashingscorpio profile image81
    dashingscorpioposted 10 years ago

    Equally important? Probably not in all honesty. In a worldly sense we typically measure "importance" by how much it hurts not to have something. What was their contribution to mankind or how they made our lives better. This is how we measure importance in a worldly sense. The rest are important because we personally know them.
    The vast majority of people who die will not be missed by anyone outside of their immediate circle. From that narrow perspective there is equal value.
    According to the following website the average number of people who die in the world each day is over (150,000)!  That is about 107 deaths per minute. Are those people just as "important" to (you) as your parents, siblings, friends, or people who have inspired you or touched your life in some way? No! … _rate.html

    Most of us won't even notice they are gone! The same holds true regarding the 370,000 births that take place in the world each day. It's only a "miracle" when it happens in your life or those (you) know.
    The world could not begin to function if we truly felt the grief of 107 people dying each minute of the day! There are over 7 billion people on the planet and only a fraction of them will we consider to be "important" in our lifetimes.

  8. profile image52
    tbHistorianposted 10 years ago

    your question presents a very perplexing situation where one must determine the meaning of "important".
    In certain situations, some skilled individuals are of greater significance or value than others.  For example, I definitely would want a brain surgeon working on my brain tumor.  So, if you are considering skill - then the answer to your question is NO.
    But, if you are simply asking if all individuals are important, then the answer is YES.  Because the individual that made the 10 cent screw that was used by the brain surgeon to replace the removed bone with a metal cap for my surgery was just as important as the doctor in this case.
    But, is evil as important as good? Now that is a horse of a differing color.  When considering evil, we must acknowledge that the evil one is not equally important.  Because the criminal will never reach the level of importance that the lawman does.
    Pretentious assimilation results in ostentatious analogy when considering the importance of ones character against that of another who may or may not be presenting a truthful state or condition.

  9. erinshelby profile image69
    erinshelbyposted 10 years ago

    What a fascinating question.
    Is everyone on the planet equally valuable?
    I would say yes.
    The homemaker tasked with cleaning, cooking and child-rearing has a different job from the female CEO leading a fortune 500 company. If either woman fails at her job, there's a consequence, but the consequences are radically different.
    Different people place a higher value on different things: family, money, power, prestige, education, etc.
    Regardless of what a person values most, she has the ability to choose to act ethically to influence her world for the better.

  10. Marisaupa profile image73
    Marisaupaposted 10 years ago

    Every human life has value in the form of potential. Whether or not each individual exercises his or her potential is another issue. That being said, be they an active contributor, a detractor or a sloth, each person has at least a bare minimum of value, be it in an engaged or protracted form.

    Value, however, such as ability, is not equally portioned. Just as some of us are stronger, wiser, faster or more creative than others; so too are some of us more valuable in the context of advancing our presence as a species.

  11. LandmarkWealth profile image67
    LandmarkWealthposted 10 years ago

    It depends on how you define important.  If you look at it from an emotional perspective each person as a child is just as important to their parents and vice versa.  Or at least they should be.  If you are looking at it from the standpoint of economic value than absolutely not. 

    If you were in a terrible car accident and needed immediate surgery to save your life, it would be fair to say that a surgeons skill set is far more valuable in that situation than your CPA or the kid working at burger king.   So in certain situations as well as in terms of economic value, some people add more value than others.   I have always believed in equal opportunity.  But that does not mean we are equal in skills and ability.  So in "certain situations" some of us are more valuable than others.  We offer more to others.

    Defining value is in the eye of the beholder.  It depends on what you mean by value.  That's the interesting thing about economics.  We use money to set values on products and services, which ultimately determine ones compensation.  Those values/price are essentially an aggregate vote to assign an average value.  So while some people think a persons product or service is overpriced, others think it is worth it.   That just demonstrates that we see what others offer us differently.   Whether we realize it or not, when you choose to hire one electrician over another to work on your house because he was less expensive or more experienced, you just passed judgement on someones economic value.  It is not a right or wrong.  It is a matter of perspective and how you personally see value.  Some people will always go with the least expensive, while others will always pay for the most expensive because they think they are getting something better. But you are at the point of selection rating one persons value over another.


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