I wonder if we are valued for who we are?
Or for what we can contribute?
For my previous blog I was reading some articles on ‘youth’ and ‘youth unemployment’, not only in Africa, but across the globe. A United Nations article was very optimistic about the ‘youth bubble’ on its way in South Africa. The article believes it will create the opportunity of an expanded workforce over a 40 year period between 2030 and 2070. An opportunity which could be seized by the country to expand economically.
This made me wonder.
What are we valued for?
Does our value lie in the contribution we can make to the country’s economy?
Does it lie in the amount of tax we can pay?
Or in the vote we can cast in a democracy?
Or in the battle we can fight in a war?
Do governments really value humans?
Or are people of this world a mere commodity?
Do Churches really value their members?
Or are they just success indicators & contributors?
Do employers really value their employees?
Or are they just a means to an end.
There are a lot of articles going around about the population growth of the world. It fast approaching 7 billion. These articles speak of humans as a burden on our resources. Some speak of birth-control & population-control.
My Zuko is pregnant with our fourth child.
Will ‘little lump’ be just a burden on our planet?
Will my four children be regarded as valuable, only in as much as they can make a contribution?
There is so much conflict in our thinking.
‘Liberalists’ are pro-choice, but against the death penalty.
Kill the becoming life, but preserve the murderer’s.
‘Conservatists’ are pro-choice, but for the death penalty.
Neither value life.
Neither value humanity.
I am pro-life and against the death penalty.
How can one life have more value than another?
And yet, in our world it does.
The famous star, made famous by playing out fictional lives on a silver screen or performing songs on a stage is more valued …
The Chief Executive Officer of the massive corporation.
Was Steve Jobs’ death more tragic than the death of any of the eight people who died on Sunday night as they traveled from Port Alfred to Port Elizabeth?
From their families to their work 80 miles away.
It seems it was.
Life is precious.
As long as our world do not realize this, life in it will be unbearable.
Is your child only as valuable as his compliance to your expectations?
Is your wife only as valuable as her ability to answer your needs?
To be what you need her to be?
Are you only as valued as the money you bring home?
Or the car you drive?
How upside down our world is.
I don’t think it has become this way.
Its been this way for a very very long time.
The message consistently heard: ‘your value isn’t in you, your value is in what you can do for me.’
I believe, and I may be naive, that God values every single life every born to this world.
Do the Psalms shared by Jew & Christian not speak of a life delicately woven in a mother’s womb?
By the Creator.
As an individual intimacy.
Matter & Spirit magically united.
Perhaps our world cannot change into a place more loving, more kind, more gentle, unless we collectively come to see the value of life.
Of the lady behind the counter at the shop.
Of the hobo at the corner of the street.
The murderer in jail.
The life in Zuko’s womb.