The Value of Being Human

Monday, March 1, 2010 6:06 PM By Stephen J Christophers

Time and again, I find myself asking the same questions: What is it that gives us value? And, what makes one person more valuable a commodity than the other, is it relationships, family values, ethnicity, ego, or education? During my personal travels I have been privileged to meet a range of people, from a world of backgrounds. All of whom exhibit one quality - the quality of being human. Their fundamental differences however, besides race, skin color, gender, culture, language, education level and/or geographical origins, is the tendency to have placed an economic value upon their particular human condition. One which might be greater, or of lesser value to that of another. This relationship is complex. However, with a big picture view one might understand the sub-textures in relationships between social demographics; their social economics, and, drivers of geographical macroeconomics, which in context under society conditions individuals. Firstly, I'd like to share the following insights: these I personally feel to be relevant, and clearly of the most important of my observations. Illuminating those disturbing facts about the systems of social control and conditioning we face, those that threaten life, present and future, and further the environmental impact on our planet. Therefore, one of the most interesting topics one could ever write about.

Some basic points of reflection:

Building family strength: this is building your future. Investment in your Children. Although humans have a tendency towards ‘nesting’, to neglect your children's future is like fundamentally running ones car without oil in the engine. This is a lesson I learned from the Chinese, whom with a one child policy are over 1.3billion strong. They live with the fundamental idea of building family support, regardless of class - strength being in collective unity, and not internal competitiveness.

You can never own money: money is not a value to which you should aspire. Money is almost world wide the most important thing you will never possess. It is such, and only an idea on paper. Use it wisely (see above). But, remember money is worthless unless you pass it on, turning it into a mechanism for realizing human potential and generating hope. Our current financial system is in turmoil partly because the 'idea of money' is transforming from a tangible asset to a number on a computer screen, and is the base of materialism which is founded on the idea of general consumption and the drive to overpopulation. A domain where it undermines the very fabric of its inherent potential.

Always remember that your value is no more than that of the next person: that which holds you apart is your drive in life, and over all contribution beyond social context, but relevant to it; your connections to other people and how you help them to release their potential will influence your own.

Poverty is a state of mind driven by social conditioning: Poor mindedness is a trap, one that keeps us bound to systems that devalue us, and exploit us based on our cultural backgrounds, education and perceived worth. The more rules a society requires to function the greater the risk of the state of condition we call poverty. Need is a much more acceptable term, which describes our openness to help unlock potential in others.

I will never understand the value western woman place on themselves, over that of Asian women for an example: How does that work? I understand the simple economics of it, but that does make me think the system which makes this so, has a fundamental floor, and similar the class system or that of Blue Collar/White Collar stereotyping, that in time will correct its self. The greater value, is in human potential, not human economic reproduction models. There being the destructive impact to humanity in contemporary societies. The gravity of lazy like-mindedness is ever-so corrupting an influence to support such productivity under today’s environmental stresses.

Nevertheless, “what is more prevalent in human society, fear or laziness? “ -- Waking Life.

Cheating the system: a condition that allows you to progress, as the system in its self is set to stunt individual progression - we all want to progress therefore corruption of the system is dominant. You will be lucky to get ahead by living within a social system, further than that which the system allows – systems are full of problematic issues, as is the affliction of being human. On the other hand, living in a country with a lack of a systemic economy teaches you that we have to live by what you’re able to provide in real terms, not by way of cheating, as much as fair economics towards the people. This mentality brings freedom of mind, balancing values and fundamentals of existence, unlocking potential, truth and trust being the greater assets.

Poverty from social conditioning lives in societies where the complexities of systemic bias, condition life and personal freedoms, both physically and mindfully; in other words slavery. Systems that drive economic inflation tend to be some of the most socially unstable and unhealthy with greater crime, mistrust, social issues, drug abuse to name a few: One needs hope to live a full life, when a system takes this away, it's time to change. When society has removed all the steps to facilitate change, then you have become a slave.

Living in a dumb-down society is a superficial reality, an act of mind conditioning; this type of repression has many faces: keeping the average average, although almost every society has its own way of devaluing and valuing groups of individuals by their fundamental input into one particular social model, being it education based or a class construct; keeping the majority down for the excesses of the few is no excuse - when capital investment is contrary to natural logic one must question it.

Trust the individual, and build social supportive units within a family orientated framework, because the system will let you down.

As previously stated, finding corruption to exploit systems over states our tendency to live honestly and overvalue people with this gift of lack of integrity. To find more genuine people, kinder people and happier people you must look to societies where economic systems are at a fundamentally basic level with governance that shows little or no repression.

The world is becoming flat - Thomas Friedman. Your education is on offer to everyone, the paper you manage to acquire from formal education is only as good as the system of corruption it was initially attained from... In most situations it’s only the technology you’re now holding in you hand and your ability to use it that makes you stand out from the crowd – it will also be the fall of the system of education.

Remember, the value of people regardless of their financial situation – but also be aware of the fears that drive them.

Systems for innovation are in essence a balance between the freedom of creative thinking and a persistence to striving and reach higher standards, in research and development and personal achievement. This should not be confused with socialism or (working well in a team environment), where the common denominator is the foundation that stunts innovation.

Love is an internal manifestation exerted outwardly: it is not always wanted, and can produce a polar reaction we call hate - trust is far more powerful a projection, although within today’s economic model it is less profitable.

Contrary to belief you do not need to be Einstein to think.

Lastly, If you want to be popular with mainstream society, then please disregard this essay entirely.