Re: Why life is unfair for so many...

Date: Sun Feb 03 2002 - 22:33:16 MST

One Olga wrote, as quoted by

>I [] don't understand how some human beings (one not
>essentially different from another) are worth billions and some are barely
>valued at all . . . .

I think it might prove more helpful to frame the issue not in terms of worth,
which risks confusing economic with moral issues, but rather in terms of
wealth. It may not seem too surprising that some individuals control
billions in assets while others have almost no money, at least not when you
think about how the ability to earn money varies widely from person to
person. But it does and should seem odd to think that a rich person "is
worth" more than a poor one, at least in an ethical sense. A fiancially poor
father may have inestimable value in his child's eyes, after all.

T.0. Morrow

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