Recently, four young women, students at our local NDSU, were killed in an automobile wreck. People will talk about this for a while. But, nothing will be done about the 100 lives a day lost in car wrecks in the U. S.
One of my interests has been on to measure the value we on put different human lives. By measuring how much time and money we spend preventing different kinds of deaths we can see a reflection of how we value life.
Our culture puts different values on lives depending on how death occurs. The amount we spend preventing deaths in fires tells us each of those lives in worth more than the life lost in a car wreck.
Since 9/11 every school, tiny local government office and airplane has been made “safe” from attacks. And, then there is abortion. Each life lost in these events is worth more than any lost in a car wreck.
I used the words “car wreck” instead of the usual, “car accident.” Little about them is accidental. We can predict that 12 months from now 40,000 people will have died. We can prevent nearly all of them.
We don’t do anything about this because it affects us personally. Lower speeds, wearing helmets, bigger penalties, heavier fines on the impaired and more traffic tickets would save most of these 100 people a day. Neither elected officials nor preachers bring these up.
The four students will be forgotten soon. Nothing will be done.