March 22, 2023

Human capital

According to the minister at yesterday’s funeral, if you were to turn an average human body into usable products, you’d end up with goods worth about £10.

The minister’s point was that trying to put a monetary value on a human life is silly, impossible, even blasphemous.

But we do it all the time – when we set a wage or salary level, when we decide how much support to give someone in need, when we decide that non-earners are not worth saving in a pandemic.

The irony is that it’s the infinite potential of living human beings that gives money capital its value.

For tens of thousands of years, we lived perfectly well without looking at the world through dollar signs.  We could again.

Discipline makes Daring possible.