I came across this a couple of times in several sites. It appears that Steve Job’s death has attracted huge amounts of attention, to the extent that some used his name and his importance to compare public reactions to different kinds of people. The interesting thing about this picture is that it is essentially stating that a person that has done many great things for many people, and therefore many people respect him. On the other hand, millions of people living in poverty and living in the slums will not receive as much of a strong public response. Which brings me to ask: “Are all men really equal?”. Does an individual’s contributions to the society and to others during his lifetime affect the public’s response to his death?
Personally, I would say that yes, the “value of people” will always be different, depending on the level of contribution and change brought by the individual to the world. In the case of people like Steve Jobs, who revolutionised many electronic sectors, he is viewed as a hero that will be remembered. In contrast to that is the public’s indifference to the numbers of poor people that die everyday. I don’t blame them for not feeling anything towards these millions of people because if we look at the productivity of both sides, we find that the millions of people are just a burden of extra mouhts to feed, especially if they are not productive. (In other words, support and resources should be directed to those that are willing and are able to be productive at work. In addition to that, whilst the death of an important man will seem like a tragedy, the 1 million people is just a statistics, so the emotional impact on people will not be as great.
This does not have anything to do with the Brain in a VAT thing we are doing in class, but I decided to share this to find out what people think about these topics. Are all men really equal?. Does an individual’s contributions to the society and to others during his lifetime affect the public’s response to his death?Also, what make the guy tweet: The society we live in is really messed up?