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People are valuable. But are certain people more valuable than others? If yes; can we measure this?

Questions I raised when I asked myself this question:
- Do people know what is best for themselves?
- Is there really such a thing as universal worth of a person?
- What, really, are credentials?
- Are people really good and/or bad?
- Are Myers Briggs personality type differences causing me (or you) to believe another person is worth less than me (or you)?
- Is it possible to measure the worth of a person retrospectively?
- Does answering the first question with a yes make me (or you) pretentious?
- Am I going to answer this question by generalizing and placing people into categories and become a statistician; labeling everyone possessing a certain characteristic as less valuable?
- Is it possible to spend "too much" time thinking about questions like these? Less think, more do?
- Breadth of a person or depth of a person?
- Best way to test a person's value is to test their ability to lead?
- A great follower is better than an average leader?
- Why does linguistic ability play such a large role in determining the value of a person? Is it overvalued?
- Does most of society not realize it's answering this question in the affirmative with most of its actions, and by extension raising a lot of unanswered, difficult questions? eg, job interviews, exams, tests, college applications, credit.
- Do xNTP's not realize that the rest of the world doesn't believe that intelligence is the main factor to contribute to a person's worth?
- Is the person reading this going to realize that this is my first TED question?

Please don't bother answering all of the additional questions unless you truly have nothing better to do with your time. :P


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    Apr 10 2012: every value is subjective. the value of a chocolate bar, a piece of fabric or a cellphone makes only sense for a certain individual, we can't measure that. similarly, the value of a person in your life is personal.

    there is no such thing as value for the society. we often say "society chooses", but it is only a statistical statement, and means that most people or a majority vote or something like that. behind "social choice", there is a system of individual choices.

    so if you ask the right question "are certain people more valuable for me?", the answer becomes straightforward.
    • Apr 10 2012: Please read the other two answers - and view my question as progressive rather than undeveloped.
      Timeline of (some random) society, from (some time in the) past to present-
      Society does not think together
      People are racist
      People hate those of lower social standing, for no reason at all, although they will have excuses (eg, they are dirty, one of them once did such and such, etc)
      Public view is now very against being judgemental, in any way at all
      Nobody judges anyone else, for any action they commit, unless the people "know" each other (whatever that means)
      Suddenly everyone's a good guy
      We turn prisons into "rehabilitation centers", and abolish any punishment considered "too brutal" - prisoners who leave prisons are very likely to return on new charges; very few prisoners are reformed, unfortunately
      Crime rates go up for no apparent reason; nobody wants to link crime rates to softer punishments
      Society as a whole starts to stagnate; self help becomes a market of its own because when people don't know what they want from others, they don't know what they want to be

      ^ something like that is my chain of thought.
      I don't strongly believe anything I have said in this comment, and it's just a viewpoint that I am experimenting with. AKA let's blame society's problems on the liberals.

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