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Posted on Jan 01, 2013 at 04:23 AM

As I look around in the world, travelled, experienced, achieved and seen alot for my "young" age (as people usually say), I find the way "Life" is valued is very different.


I was in a masquerabe ball last night, celebrating the New Year...and as we were celebrating some moments after of us, a celebrated, wealthy and very respected lady excused herself, with all the makeup and oh so expensive maquerade attire, gold and diamonds..she said "excuse me, I have to go home to my darling puppy, as he must be terrified of all the fireworks noise.."..just as if he is a humanbeing...she left to her expensive etage in the city.


Someone said, "Oh, my pets are just fine..they have to endure some rough and tough noises" and took another sip of her splendid champagne.


As we were leaving, several ladies had amazing fur coats covering them, as it was freezing, even by the amazing royalish mansion we were at.


It started up my mind thinking of the value of life.


In some places, abortion is being protested and attacked.


In others abortion is being a "way of life".


In some minds, fur is seen as wearing another lifes hide (this is my own belief, although Im not involved in any radicalities), others cant live a life without covering their bodies with that.


In some areas, where there are millions and millions of citizens, people get stabbed in alleys, shot in daylight, tortured and attacked on a daily basis...some religion is not even respecting humans life more than strategic means to their spreading and worldruling thru terror acts...and there are war actions (sometimes even when "war" might not even be publically anounced), with children, women and men being killed, pregnant mothers being molested and decent husbands being tortured every single some places I visited people were litterarly thrown of trains like flies with no respect by one...authority is key..authority being above life...out from a moving train...and in some areas dogs...stray dogs are being hit and tortured with their tail cut with big scissors and laughing peolpe not caring...amazing elephants chased and killed for their precious teeth...wild animals in general hunted down for a humans pleasure activities and material gain..people killed every day in mines to get those precious things in orderf for weallthy people to feel more valuable wearing that bling...cartells of drugs dealing via children or women hiding drugs in their intimate areas only to die of the same...human trafficking...oh...all this horror...all these lives...many dont even notice, dont even know, dont even care...some just go to the nearest bank and depostie some amount of money for charity, seamless and comfortable transaction, just to feel good about themselves...oh..such a relief...I have saved something, now I can carry on to take more..." (charitydonations are offcourse very important - this was just to give an emotional example).


In other places, one person dies in a boat accident, or 15 are killed in a massacre..the entire world gets into grief...and every single victim-persons face is stitched into the fabric of history books and eternity..oh they are noticed..seen..they are heroes...and yes, I agree, for example the Sandy children are heroes..but I also find the slum children of India, the used children of Brazilian streets etc etc, the..the...the..all...are equally important.


All such life should have equal value. the eyes of the world in general...this value itself has a value.

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Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Some angles of the value of life;


“Happiness is not to be achieved at the command of emotional whims. Happiness is not the satisfaction of whatever irrational wishes you might blindly attempt to indulge. Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy—a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your mind's fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer. Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing but rational actions.”
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged


“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”Agatha Christie (1890-1976); Writer



“And in the end it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years. ” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th U.S. President


“Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.” James Dean (1931-1955); Actor


Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours - Swedish Proverb


“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”  ― Albert Einstein


“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”  ― Confucius


“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.”
― Aristotle, Selected Writings From The Nicomachean Ethics And Politics


“When you are asked to love everybody indiscriminately, that is to love people without any standard, to love them regardless of whether they have any value or virtue, you are asked to love nobody.”  ― Ayn Rand


“The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.”  ― Confucius, The Ethics of Confucius


“We set no special value on the possession of a virtue until we percieve that it is entirely lacking in our adversary.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human


“(In the words of Irina, a minor character of the story, a young girl who is sentenced to imprisonment in Siberia and knows that she will never return):

"There's something I would like to understand. And I dno't think anyone can explain it. . . There's your life. You begin it, feeling that it's something so precious and rare, so beautiful that it's like a sacred treasure. Now it's over and it doesn't make any difference to anyone, and it isn't that they are indifferent, it's just that they don't know, they don't know what it means, that treasure of mine, and there's something about it that they should understand. I don't understand it myself, but there's something about it that should be understood by all of us. Only what is it? What?”  ― Ayn Rand, Anthem


“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”  ― Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi


“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”  ― Albert Einstein


“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.” ― José Ortega y Gasset


“I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance


“Regimes planted by bayonets do not take root... Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated.”  ― Ronald Reagan, The Quest for Peace, the Cause of Freedom


“It is not easy to get rid of weeds; but it is easy, by a process of neglect, to ruin your food crops and let them revert to their primitive state of wildness. [...] In political civilization, the state is an abstraction and the relationship of men utilitarian. Because it has no roots in sentiments, it is so dangerously easy to handle. Half a century has been enough for you to master this machine; and there are men among you, whose fondness for it exceeds their love for the living ideals which were born with the birth of your nation and nursed in your centuries. It is like a child who in the excitement of his play imagines he likes his playthings better than his mother.”
― Rabindranath Tagore, The English Writings of Rabindranath Tagore, Vol 3: A Miscellany


Do you think it is a vain hope that one day man will find joy in noble deeds of light and mercy, rather than in the coarse pleasures he indulges in today -- gluttony, fornication, ostentation, boasting, and envious vying with his neighbor? I am certain this is not a vain hope and that the day will come soon.”  ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


“The West in general should stand up more for its own values. It is not always worthwhile to compromise.”  ― Imre Kertész


Values are like fingerprints.  Nobody's are the
same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do - Elvis Presley


Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe:
the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me - Immanuel Kant


The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in
making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.
Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value,
to which all other values are subordinate.


Albert Einstein

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Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

In Time Health & Family they wrote the following;


The Value of a Human Life: $129,000


In theory, a year of human life is priceless. In reality, it's worth $50,000.


That's the international standard most private and government-run health insurance plans worldwide use to determine whether to cover a new medical procedure. More simply, insurance companies calculate that to make a treatment worth its cost, it must guarantee one year of "quality life" for $50,000 or less. New research, however, would argue that that figure is far too low.


Stanford economists have demonstrated that the average value of a year of quality human life is actually closer to about $129,000. To get to that number, Stefanos Zenios and his colleagues at Stanford Graduate School of Business used kidney dialysis as a benchmark. Every year dialysis saves the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans who would otherwise die of renal failure while waiting for an organ transplant. It is also the one procedure that Medicare has covered unconditionally since 1972 despite rapid and sometimes expensive innovations in its administration. To tally the cost-effectiveness of such innovations Zenios and his colleagues ran a computer analysis of more than half a million patients who underwent dialysis, adding up costs and comparing that data to treatment outcomes. Considering both inflation and new technologies in dialysis, they arrived at $129,000 as a more appropriate threshold for deciding coverage. "That means that if Medicare paid an additional $129,000 to treat a group of patients, on average, group members would get one more quality-adjusted life year," Zenios says. Based on patient surveys, one "quality of life" year is defined as about two years of life on dialysis.


Zenios's conclusions arrive amidst mounting debate over whether Medicare, the U.S. government health plan for seniors, ought to use cost-effectiveness analysis in determining coverage of procedures. Nearly all other industrial nations — including Canada, Britain and the Netherlands — ration health care based on cost-effectiveness and the $50,000 threshold. Medicare, on the other hand, decides whether to pay for new technology based on whether a treatment is "medically necessary and appropriate." But as health care expenses rise and entitlement programs grow fiscally strapped — at least one part of Medicare is now expected to be bankrupt by 2019 — more and more academics have called for this approach to be reconsidered, and for cost to become a factor. Such a move would mean that "if the incremental cost of a new technology was more than the threshold," Zenios says, "then the recommendation would be that Medicare not cover that new technology."


Assigning a dollar figure to Medicare patients' lives may sound crass, but such valuations are routine in Americans' daily lives. Take, for example, the $500,000 death benefit the government pays families when a soldier is killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Or the cost calculations that for-profit health insurers make to determine how much coverage they'll give customers. In fact, at least some Americans seem at ease with allowing money to play a prominent role in health care decisions. In a 2007 survey of New Yorkers, 75% of participants felt "somewhat" to "very" comfortable with allowing cost to inform Medicare treatment decisions, once they understood how the system worked. "Americans understand and are prepared to engage the issues that arise when setting priorities and limits for their public programs," Marthe Gold, the City University of New York Medical School professor who conducted the study, wrote with colleagues this past fall in the journal Health Affairs.


The Stanford researchers caution that if Medicare fully adopted a cost-benefit analysis model, too many patients could be denied life-saving treatment. They return to the example of dialysis patients. Their study showed that for the sickest patients, the average cost of an additional quality-of-life year was much higher — $488,000. "It is difficult to justify the burden and expense of dialysis when persons have other serious health conditions such as, for example, advanced dementia or cancer," says co-author Glenn Chertow, a nephrology professor at the Stanford School of Medicine. "In these settings, dialysis is unlikely to provide any meaningful benefit." But with organs including kidneys for transplant so scarce, is it justifiable to deny these patients a chance to live through dialysis? It is a question, Zenios says, everyone should approach with trepidation. "What is the true value of a human life? That's what we're asking people," he adds. "I wouldn't pretend to know."

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Posted on Jan 08, 2013 at 01:40 AM

Dear Migliore...grazie...oh imagine if every child could experience the care and loveyou experienced..its such a human need to be cared for like that especially a childs...but unfortunately..the world looks so much differentthan one can even imagine...

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Posted on Jan 06, 2013 at 06:44 PM

Very profound questions worth thinking about again raised by Worldmind.  And so true that too often human life is seen by those in positions of authority as a means for extending their power over others.


So different from love of life.  I remember times growing up when I was lost, or hurt or in danger and my parents acted lovingly to restore me.  In their eyes and in their actions I could see that in those moments they had no thought for themselves. Their only concern was for me.


So too must our leaders act for the people of the world in order for there to be peace.  There is someone who came to lay His life down for us, rather than to dominate us from above.


He will return and of his government and peace there will be no end...with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth...Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.  


We prepare the way for that wonderful time.



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Posted on Jan 05, 2013 at 01:32 AM

Thank-you so much MtnSunny for your kind words and wishes, it does help to know that some people were feeling a little of what I was feeling. I hope you have a great week with your family!!


By the way, I would never, ever wear real fur. I love all animals and they shouldn't needlessly suffer. Being from Michigan I can understand that a hunter could help feed his family all winter by shooting a deer but that is about as far as I can go and I would never be able to shoot one myself. They would possibly be my pets though :)

Worldmind, I could always agree to disagree with you so feel free to type whatever. I know you have a good heart.  Sometimes debates or any conversation is good because you/I learn how people think. I may not like how some people think but I would rather be aware than ignorant.  Good is from God, Evil is from the Devil, you made me think of that.


You mentioned paying a spiritual fee. There are those they say the United States will pay a spiritual fee because of what our government has done. It may be that we all suffer when "we" are not all guilty. There is so much to say on this subject but one topic that comes to mind is that every taxpayer may be paying for abortions so you could say every taxpayer is guilty. This president I believe is evil. Yeah...I said it!



One of my worst fears may be coming soon with our president's healthcare law. Will there be an RFID chip? An implantable device as it says in the law? Obviously many people including myself sees this chip as the Mark of the Beast and will not accept it under any circumstances. We have 36 months from tha date the president signed that bill into law.


So in this year of 2013 there are many possible events and current events that weigh heavily on me and others who are aware.  It's an endless topic, so much is happening!!  But for all those reading, I will say to hold on to your faith and enjoy and treasure all those good moments you get to have more than ever!! Live, Love, Laugh & Pray and make the best of 2013 :)

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Posted on Jan 04, 2013 at 02:04 AM

Sure Sarah, it is thought provoking..yeah...imagine me wearing a masquerade when I think about was good those fured ladies would not notice the switch of my facial expression when I was thinking about what they are actually wearing...its there lifepath..up to them I kept thinking...


I do agree..its like there is commercial censorhip machines running behind the scenes...and one doesnt kiss and tell about this and that as there are some kind of protecting rules of this and that brand...this and that person etc...well..that gives effects to the issues of the value of life offcourse...


One thing I have noticed..not everywhere and about all..but sometimes I have felt that the poor people and suffering might understand the core of the value of life, the value of everything actually, much more of those who have plenty...and even the value of happinness...and that migth be because they have to struggle for everything and have the scratches and scars both on their bodies and souls to remind them of how valuable and hardachieved many things opposed to us operating away all that with purchases of new blings, surgery in all way possible, both mental and physical...some kind of denial effects...


I have encountered those rich who doesnt even mind a homeless..almost step on him/her on their way to the lux spa appointment...doesnt even notice..and the poor who will even put their lives in danger to rescue an animal...


Offcourse the world does not entirely and only look like this...but just an angle of things...

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Posted on Jan 04, 2013 at 01:48 AM



Well..the value of life sometimes is maybe valued/considered in reference of the value of death or the lack thereof. As some people think of martyrdom, others think of relief from earthly wounds, others think of sadness and mourning, others think of just statistic figures in books..etc etc...maybe the value of life depends on the "costs" and effects of the termination of the same...


I think that the laws off attraction and such (these ideas etc are no news to ancient religions in many places worldwide whatsoever..maybe only to the West), might simply just be to focus away the buzz that we are surrounded by, and connect with our spiritual path..and that is connecting to the power of ones faith, God etc. I dont think those need to be separated..but only complementing eacothter. As we know, we usually do not use the majority of our physical brains..maybe focusing in kind of a meditativeish way, where you allow yourself to truly listen in, focus and inner-talk to your spirit, your beliefs and your God is a positive way...


As I said you are entitled to your opinion and your faith..I may and may not agree about certain angles, but i will leave that unsaid on this blog now and here..but want to add at least this...there are several beliefs in the world that have tackled all all existential ideas and problems and is an eternal process...


I think focus should be on goodness..and that is what I hope and think is what I susually call Go(o)dness.

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Posted on Jan 03, 2013 at 01:40 PM

Very thought provoking. It's true these awful things happen throughout the world. The media chooses it's focus and others are forgotten or are not even acknowledged.

I don't like fur either. I was in Louis Vuitton in Paris a while back contemplating on splashing out on a bag. I'm not really a branded person but do like their styles of bags. However, one bag was made of mink fur. I was like poor mink. In China animals are a skinned alive for their fur. How horrific! I like animals too much to want to steal their coats. Besides I have a fake fur coat and it looks and feels just great. So why the need to sacrifice an animal in a possible horrific fashion?


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Posted on Jan 03, 2013 at 01:46 AM

Thanks for your reply on my post. This topic along with most can be typed about on and on but I am not one to type long posts!  If I did, I think I would have been understood better but people can think what they want about me and I really don't care all that much BUT I do like to make people think sometimes when it comes to false doctrine and politics,etc.

Because I do have faith, it concerns me when others are on the wrong path, so in a small way, I may type a few words here and there, Also regarding politics and current events,etc., I don't get involved too much with it on here since only a small group really partakes in this whole forum. By the way, I did ask MM if they would create a new headline for POLITICS in the forum but they must have decided against it. I wish MM would since the threads in the forum seem to be more permanent even though the blogs do seem to be more popular for however long they last on more the more recent pages

Since I am not Oprah or even a small radio/video personality, I cannot get to too many people but I do speak out against Oprah, Tolle and New Age ideas. I am no expert but wrong is wrong. Also there are so many who are unaware of what is happening politicallly along with possible future events. We call them Sheeple, they follow blindly. I try to wake up the Sheeple!!


This new year will bring a lot of hardship for our country and I am sure in several other places that people are already suffering. Scary enough when you do have faith but what will you be like when you don't have faith?  If I can help one person become more aware then it's a good thing. Yes, I want to be respectful but it is a hard line to follow when people need to know the truth.


Here is one woman speaking of her own experience of New Ageism. I have only just heard of her myself tonight. All my lists of hundreds of videos in several playlists of mine were recently lost :(

Here is another short video with Oprah in it. At 6 minutes into the video, they talk of not giving any thought of what happens when you die. This video seems rather tame to others but in the essence of time I will post the link to this one.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2013 at 11:38 PM



You are offcourse entitled to your own opinion!


Well..I believe that there might be some spiritual mechanisms that are complementing eachother when it comes to Heaven/hell and the Karma concept...meaning they might be the fruits of the same tree.


My Christian "beliefs" are maybe not like everyone elses, as I think there is alot of misawareness and misactions within the Christian society when it comes to what Jesus (the Christian founder) did/said. Oh well, that is another discussion.


Yes, it is odd that some people are born into comfort and others the opposite. There are (or at least have been conducted in history), class systems in India...which gives a person the "right", makes her/him deserving etc...there are many of such angles in our society..but ultimately..."life" seems to have different meaning on the count of where a person is in the world, what social ladder they are invited to etc...and that might be more to protect what those who "have" can still keep, than those who "havent" can lose or achieve.


About the "deserving" part, Oh well..that is maybe a very high spiritual question, as it might be that we, are a composition of DNA ie stories of actions and conducts bloodssheds or good deeds etc. made of our own ancestors running thru our veins, and maybe if one person havent done something very wrong, she/he might be paying some spiritiual fee..I dont know...Obviously it is about "what goes around comes around", and I think thats the very sensitive and tricky it is not said goes/comes to who and when...


Im just putting my thought out, even tough I was born into a Christian family, I am open to respect and look at different (respectable) angles of life and I do have great respect and admiration for some other belief systems way of thinking, as I do find similarities and other teachings which I find amazing.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2013 at 01:05 AM

Please take no offense when you read this. The concept of does anyone deserve anything? In very general terms here, I will attempt to make my point. Why would anyone deserve to have a rich life or beauty that surrounds them ,etc.?  Why would anyone deserve what the world would possibly see as beauty?


Do people who have diseases or end up in a wheelchair "deserve" to live with what they have? Does one being born black or white or yellow (whatever color) deserve it? So again, in general terms, do people who suffer deserve it while on this earth?


It also reminds me of karma, I don't believe in it. Does a child who is suffering receive karma? The concept of karma is ridiculous to me. Only in the end do I believe you may get what is coming to you. A good deed does not always get rewarded and horrible people can live happy, successful lives.


It is wrong to look at anyone and assume they have not suffered. It is wrong to be envious or jealous. Someone could look at the surface of me (especially in the cyber world) and assume that I have no cares or worries or that I haven't gone through many trials and tribulations. You can assume but truly you are only making up a fantasy to suit yourself.You will never know or understand a stranger's life so don't act like you do.


Because of my own Christian beliefs, I only know that in the end, some people go to Hell because they deserve it. I will not state that people who make it to Heaven deserve it. Anyway, hopefully any readers get my point.

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Posted on Jan 01, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Thanks alot sweet BeWell...its true that we should be thankful for what we are blessed with etc...what can i do...cant help feeling for the less fortunate...HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU BEWELL

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Posted on Jan 01, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Thanks Mtnsunny! How amazing picture you have taken...and oh that environment...breathtakikg! You are soooo rich having all that beauty surrounding deserve it :-)

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Posted on Jan 01, 2013 at 05:02 PM



It just doesn't make any sense, does it? Maybe it's not for us to even begin to figure out, but just live the best life we can with the cards that are dealt to us, and be grateful for what we do have.


Many cultures believe that each of us are on our own spiritual journey living and learning the lessons for our soul's evolution. I tend to believe that is true.


Hope 2013 is filled with great joy, prosperity and gratitude for what you do have, and that your heart is blessed as you feel compassion for those less fortunate........... Happy New Year.............BeWell...........;-D

BeWell and wishing you only the best ! ..................;-D
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Posted on Jan 01, 2013 at 10:06 AM

A Life


As autumn leaves spread their wings and fly


Landing on the sidewalk of our street


We stroll along


As if nothing is wrong


Not even considering that tale of life


Delicate yet strong


A life


Beneath our feet


- written by me

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