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Shariq Hashme

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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: We 'measure' the value of people every day. Is this person 'worth' talking to, Is that applicant 'worth' the position, Are 'these people worth' my time, Is this country or that country 'worth' saving or destroying. To hold something of value is to consider it's use, admiration, or cost. The question itself is dehumanizing, yet a daily reality. But we get caught up in the question, dont' we? We start to believe that we can ask such a question as: 'Are certain people more valuable than others?'. We do this, in my opinion, because we have to 'run' things. Society has to function. So we catagorize and make comparisons between each other so we can function at our highest capability. But then, that's how we see our reality, and forget the impossibility of asking such a question in the first place. We then wonder why things are the way they are.
    • Apr 11 2012: Exactly my line of thinking. I don't think it's OK to say that certain people have value and others don't, but it is how society perceives its members. Every single person I have had the pleasure of getting to know well in my life has turned out to be beautiful - but maybe that's because I generally won't try to get to know people who I don't consider "worth my time", even though many of them are valuable members of society.

      I look at it this way - I have a certain amount of time in my life where I will have the pleasure of talking to people, and I might as well talk to people who I "enjoy" talking with. Is this wrong?
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        Apr 12 2012: Thnx Shariq for responding. This subject is tough for me. On one hand, we have to live day to day, decide how and with whom we spend our time and effort. On the other hand, we have to see people for who they really are, beneath the publicly acceptable persona - and many are just not talented at it! So we 'write some off' because of what they've displayed, or we accept someone because of what they've displayed but come to find out later something different. Maybe this is a side-bar of Dr. ML King's 'content of character' theme. This then 'circles back' to your theme of how to 'value' people. But I have a very (too) extreme distaste of exclusivity. It seems easier to say that someone's not included than to deal with their different views as part of the group. Thnx again.

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