Value of life

             Value of Life and Suffering
             I always ask myself why people sometimes hate each other so much that they get to the point of taking someone's life. To take someone's life because you don't like him or her, denounces the whole aspect of why we live. Life is something precious which everyone has to cherish and respect. I came to realize how valuable life is when I witnessed people being killed in Rwanda in 1994 when the genocide broke out. It was summer of 1994, school was off and I was excited to join my parents for summer vacation in Rwanda. I was 16 years old and life to me meant nothing more than enjoyment. One week into my vacation I learnt a lesson of my life. I saw innocent people being deprived their live without justifiable reasons. From that day I realized that life is precious and valuable; if respected by everyone we can eliminate unnecessary suffering and/or deaths. Today I consider myself blessed because there are many millions of innocent people in this world who are suffering and the value of their life being degraded because of carelessness of some ruthless people. When I see many people suffering around the world, and my past experiences, make me value my life and life of other people around me.
             In the book Man's Search for Meaning by Frankl, I learned how innocent people suffered and/or died because of few people who did not care about the value of life anymore. Those people regard material things more than someone's life. Frankl wrote "we all had been fancied our self to be "somebody." Now we were treated like complete nonentities." Frankl and his comrades were mistreated to the point of being regarded as none existent. The lives of prisoners meant nothing to their oppressors. In the concentration camps people were being burned alive; to me that epitomizes suffering not only to those being burned but also to ...

More Essays:

APA     MLA     Chicago
Value of life. (1969, December 31). In Retrieved 00:12, November 28, 2022, from