What Constitutes Humanity?

Jeff Bone jbone@jump.net
Wed, 23 May 2001 02:37:43 -0500

Jeff Bone wrote:

> Strata Rose Chalup wrote:
> > Clearly I should have sprinkled little (Fe)'s into the text to aid those
> > who are IRONy deficient.
> >
> > What you said is that "a life *lived* must be counted worth far more than one
> > which *might be lived.*"  (punctuation errors faithfully reproduced)  This
> > implies that years of life are more valued than years of potential life.
> No it doesn't.  READ, dammit.  Literally.

More to the point:  I'm defining life experientially.  You've either lived a life,
or you haven't.  I'm not placing any particular value on quantity of life lived;
I'm counting it a binary, you've either lived *some* life or not.

For those who jump to conclusions,