The Value Of Life

Perhaps one of the most important questions for each one of us about life is what a good and flourishing life is and most generally if it is worth living?

Which point of view do you agree about life worth? Will you ever give up your benefits for the good of others to make them have a flourishing and more valuable life?

Let’s see how different people think about the value of life,I divided these viewpoints three different categories categories:

Life Is not Completely Worthless, Neither Absolutely Valuable

Sometimes it is worth living and sometimes not. This is what Islam and some Islamic scholars had to say about the worth of life.

There are examples in the lives of the infallible Imams in which they indicate that we are not created to live this worldly life and that this life is merely a path for us to reach a higher status.

As the Holy Quran says:

“while the Hereafter is better and more lasting” (87:17).

So, we should always think if this earthly life will be to our benefit in the hereafter or not. If yes, then it is worth living; if not fight for those benefits even if you die.

One of the most significant role models for us in this regard is Imam Hussain (AS), the third infallible Imam, whose act of sacrifice has left a profound impact on humankind throughout history.

Imam Hussain (AS) believed accepting humiliation and obedience to mean people is like living in hell. So, when all he did to guide his enemies to the right path failed.

He said:“To me, death is nothing but happiness, and living under tyrants nothing but living in a hell” [Tohaf-al- Uqoul, P. 245]

At this state, death to him is more desirable than living under the oppression of the tyrants and surrendering to their wishes.

Therefore, when he was placed in a dilemma by the oppressors to be humiliated by swearing allegiance to the tyrant of the time, Yazid, or to fight and probably die, he decided to fight even if he died.

He sacrificed all he had in this way and departed this earthly life with glory.
Lots of people from different religions get influenced by him and his ideology and sometimes it makes them embrace Islam.

Life Is not worth

Some people believe life costs a lot and has very few benefits for them.

“Most of life is tragic.You’re born,you don’t know why. You’re here, you don’t know why. You go, you die. Your family dies. Your friends die. People suffer. People live in constant terror. The world is full of poverty and corruption and war and Nazis and tsunamis. The net result, the final count is, you lose – you don’t beat the house” — Woody Allan

“life is one long process of getting tired”— Samuel Butler

So some of these people think why not we commit suicide to get rid of this miserable life?

Life’s Worth Living All the Time, No Matter What!

These people believe life is so valuable no matter how it seems and we have to live it at any price. Lots of people choose to think this way.

“Be not afraid of life believe that life is worth living and your belief will create the fact” – Henry James

“My life is perfect even when it’s not” – Ellen DeGeneres

“Never give up.When your heart becomes tired, just walk with your legs – but move on” — Paulo Coelho,a contemporary Writer

Some other people seem to have found the golden mean between the two previous extremes.

Which point of view do you agree about life worth? Will you ever give up your benefits for the good of others to make them have a flourishing and more valuable life?

Hassan Aboud

A nurse practitioner who has dedicated his life to serving humanity. He is afriend, humanitarian, mentor and a listener struggling to make his mind and heart work together to make the best Impact in society. Aboud is widely recognized for his selflessness,straight forward speaking-style and love. He loves to write and inspire people.He has Always seen a better world for mankind.

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