Second Dialogue of Zhi-Guan
Mo-Zi: Zhi-Guan I wish to know what the value of human life is and was hoping you might know the answer.
Zhi-Guan: First Mo-Zi tell me what do you think it is?
Tian-Zhu: There can be no value on human life for it is a divine gift granted by God
Zhi-Guan: So Tian-Zhu you accept the sanctity of life as meaningless life is beyond all value
Zhi-Guan: But are there times when the sanctity of life becomes a gold standard which is impratical?
Mo-Zi: Actually Tian-Zhu I think there may be, take the case of twins who both need a transplant but only one organ is available in this case one life must be valued above the other
Zhi-Guan: So during such occasions a cost-beneift analysis needs to be employed
Mo-Zi: It would seem so my learned friend
Zhi-Guan: And at present we find ourselves in an economic struggle correct?
Tian-Zhu: That is correct
Zhi-Guan: One in which there are fewer people than jobs
Tian-Zhu: Yes, although I’m sorry but I fail to see where you are leading me
Zhi-Guan: In cases of excessive supply the value of commodities drop, yes?
Tian-Zhu: As a scholar of the economic sciences I would have to agree with you there
Mo-Zi: So Zhi-Guan what you mean to say is the value of human life is not as high as it once was
Zhi-Guan: Precisely Mo-Zi, hence the sanctity of life isn’t a praticial gold stadard for basing the value of human life on as it once used to be
Tian-Zhu: So what you propose is that we treat human life as a commodity capable of being treated in accordance with the laws of a free market
Mo-Zi: But that is how capitalist institutions of power operate and view human life
Zhi-Guan: Regretable so my friends and we live within a capitalist society do we not
Tian-Zhu: Sadly yes
Mo-ZI: Alas we do
Zhi-Guan: So how can you argue against the notion that humans are only valuable so long as the is a demand for them and a supply which does not generate surplus goods
Mo-Zi: It appears we cannot although it leaves us in a pretty grim position
Tian-Zhu: It is beyond grim Mo-Zi it is pure evil
Zhi-Guan: Alas my friends that is the way things are in there current state, sadly I must now depart for I have agreed to talk with Lao-Zhu I do hope our little discussion has enlightened you a little and not left you too disheartened
Mo-Zi: Till the next time then Zhi-Guan
Tian-Zhu: Until then and God be with you
Zhi-Guan: And he with you my friends