What are you worth?

Posted: December 14, 2016 in Uncategorized
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There’s an app for that? I can check my credit card balances and my credit score through an app on my phone. I can see what my score is, what it should be and what is keeping it where it is. The app is quite helpful. Yesterday I read a very interesting article about the Chinese government and their plans for; giving out what can be called a social credit score. Here is a link to the article if you would like to check it out.

The article explains how Chinas social score will be calculated and used and the most telling quote comes from government documents outlining what the system is and how it will be ran. “Allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven, while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”  that is the quote from the documentation.

This system got me to thinking about;  the value of people. Who is valuable and why?  I really feel like everybody is valuable and when someone does good they become more and more valuable but value is very subjective and it is this subjectivity that makes me shy away from a system that values or devalues people.

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The United States Constitution uses a phrase it is “inalienable rights” that basically means that being human makes you and me valuable and worthy of rights.

I have always felt that it is a governments job to protect not provide me and my fellow humans our rights because of the inalienable value we possess. Don’t get me wrong justice and rehabilitation should be serve and in some cases justice is losing and gaining back some rights.

But on its face Chinas social credit score seems inhumane in that it allows a government to value and devalue human live. I am not sure if you are religious but the religious author Max Lucado realty hitthe nail on the head when it came to the value of a human being.

“God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors, and blemishes. But He also sees our value. What did Jesus know that enabled Him to do what He did? Here’s part of the answer: He knew the value of people. He knew that each human being is a treasure. And because He did, people were not a source of stress, but a source of joy.”
Max Lucado, Lar: I Never Knew That Was in the Bible: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year

No matter what anyone tells you simply being human makes you valuable.





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