How do we put a value on a human life?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Global Resource Bank : One Thread
Craig Hubley wrote: > I generally agree, privatization and regulation are > both good, and all > regulations must be based on calculating the likely > impact on human life > and the biosphere. My preferred approach is to have > a single price of a > human life that is used in all infrastructural > decision models, hopefully > not too much higher than that which is used in > social welfare decisions > and taxation levels. That can be reconciled against > another price, that > of biospheric life as a whole, which is set by > calculations like those in > Hawken/Lovins/Lovins (http://natcap.org) at > something in the quadrillions. > Tiny probabilities of huge risks to biodiversity > planet-wide acquire some > kind of financial weight with such a model, to > balance against human life.
Craig, the Global Resource Model already accounts for this. The GRB Reserve has an assessment of each person being worth 1,000,000. That means that everyone is born with a million ecocredits in reserves.
Remember that the environment outside is a reflection of the environment inside each person. The only way we can improve the quality of the outside environment is to improve the quality of the environment inside each human being. And vice versa.
Through our democratic process, each person evaluates their perception of the environment and gives it a number that is reflected in the overall current GRB Reserve.
For example, the internal environment of the people suffering in Africa rampant with HIV is merely a reflection of the deprived condition of their living environment. I would love to be the one to tell them that they are all millionaires in our (their) new system. At first, these impoverished people couldn't possibly understand, and if they were given a chance to vote for the level of the value of the GRB, they would probably enter zero.
But that is where the western countries come in. As we help them improve their envionment with a currency that pays them more to leave a tree planted than to cut it, they will come around and then vote to increase the GRB reserve. An increase in the reserves to accommodate every living and newly born individual is good for everyone in the system.
Getting everyone on the GRB system means that we have a 'human value', so the idea of 'a single price of a human life that is used in all infrastructural decision models', as you stated it, is already understood.
We will get there together.
-- Anonymous, February 23, 2001