Are some people more significant than others?
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The greatest problem with assigning a greater significance to one person over another is that the question suffers from lack of context for starters. In the event of a titanic like scenario, your choices would be different than perhaps in an apocalyptic scenario but different still in the scenario where say a child runs in front of a car and you have a choice that you may be able to sacrifice your self- either life or serious injury to save the child.
So for a moment lets talk seats in life boats and we will move on to the subjective nature of values in the next round.
Traditionally we are expected to give up seats in life boats to women and children, which in a way may seem logical as we are both biologically and socially programmed to protect our young at all costs. That is after all, how our species continues. How ever when it comes to the Gender paradox, I would contend that it is primarily social programming that causes the Man to be willing to go down with a ship and a woman willing to condemn the man she loves to an icy fate to take the seat on the lifeboat. It is from here on out that the concept of values on one life over another breaks down from a clear and concise manner.
As mentioned above, we are biologically programmed or I guess you can call it hard wired to empathize with children and to be inherently self sacrificing for children, especially our own. This as a biological hard wiring is precise or exact but general as is written in an article in Pycheworld. http://www.planetpsych.com... Touches on biological bonding between biological parents and children. We could in truth go near infinitely deeper in the concept of Biologically programmed behavior, among the major contenders in modern behavioral science is the theory that almost all of our behaviors are primarily biological. How ever that is a topic all on its own.
Past these Biological programs comes societal programs. What is expected of you by a community- what is accepted of you by your culture. And further above that is your own personal filters. What you expect, what you accept and what you personal values are. With this in mind a definite assignment of value on a single person over another is extremely difficult, and hard to make relevant out side of the context of making a decision to which people would be saved and which would go down with the ship.
Since we are talking about seats in life boats, you mentioned in your opening that You rejected utilitarian values on a person's life. ( I.e. What that person does, how useful they are and etc) Well in a seats on life boats scenario, the person who stays on the titanic, no matter how capable they are, no mater how worthy they are, no matter how useful they are to society, that person is going to die and the person who gets that seat on the life boat no matter how incapable he or she is of managing their own lives, no matter how worthy or unworthy he or she is of receiving that seat or how useful they are to society, that person is going to live. In this context of valuing one life over another I would contend that just justifications will inevitably become abstract and primarily emotional combined with basic biological predispositions rather than logical or rational.
Since the value placed on one life or another is inevitably driven by emotion primarily it cannot be defined in a simplistic way nor can it fit with in a set of values. There for the question cannot be answered out side of your frame of reference. No one but you can decide what traits you deem worthy of a seat in a life boat because no one else shares your specific frame of reference although some may agree with it.
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