isn’t color-coded. Those who imagine that the value of human lives or whether human lives matter depends on skin color are: racists; have well-below average cognitive horsepower; make their living by ensuring large numbers of human beings see themselves as primarily their skin color.
Do black lives matter? Not any more than the lives of members of any other race. And the extent to which human lives matter is best determined by other human beings on an individual basis.
In the world of work as in the larger society, I tend to value human lives according a rule of three. I ask whether the individual with whom I have contact is:
- A person of goodwill;
- Oriented to reality;
- Competent or moving toward competence.
Obviously a man or woman can be a person of goodwill and still not be oriented to reality or competent. A human being can be oriented to reality and be a person of ill-will and an incompetent. A competent person is usually a person oriented to reality, but that person may lack the quality of goodwill. An individual who meets all three of my criteria, or Christov10’s Big Three, is not often found in media, in politics, in government middle management positions, or really occupying positions prestige in most realms of human endeavor.
I’m reminded again of C.S. Lewis’ address, The Inner Ring. I’ve either linked to it previously or mentioned it in this space. I first ran across when working for a largely unknown and strictly small-time (by the standards of modern bureaucracy) state government agency. It was while so employed that I also developed my Rule of Three, which appears as a numbered list, above. No imagination should be required to understand why it was that I turned my mind to matters of this sort during that period of my life. By the way, it was at that time that I first read Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning.
Keep your speech free, people of the left, the right, and center. Resist anyone who tries to silence you and to diminish your ability to think for yourself and experience your own circumstances according to your own perspective and within your own values. None of that is infallible, but to what extent a genuine manifestation of your real self, to that extent meaningful and of value.
Dos centavos, people, dos centavos.