What's Life Worth
By MortazaviBlog on Mar 22, 2006
Of course, life is worth a lot, and the closer it gets to us, the larger its worth tends to grow for us. If we fail to have any other moral imagination, we should be able to imagine that the same value principle should hold for others.
Sadly, much of philosophy, under the guise of special forms of utilitarianism, including some extreme types, has often avoided serious questions, particularly ones related to justice and morality.
Is killing (or even harming) one human being like killing (or harming) the whole humanity?
The answer to this moral question should be quite clear but the utilitarian talk of "collateral damage" and the talk of "judicious double standards" badly cloud the public's moral compass — a public that has divorced and forgotten the roots of its moral traditions.
March 22 report of The World, includes a segment where host Lisa Mullins speaks with Time Magazine reporter Tim McGirk who has looked into the the Haditha, Iraq case, in which 23 people, including women and children in multiple families lost their lives.