Every life is not of equal preciousness, no matter the circumstances or situation—at least that is one of the significant lessons of the tragedies of the Titanic wreckage and the COVID-19 pandemic.

We live in a world where material possessions and wealth often dictate our social status and how we perceive others, and that is the most correct way to live. To further assert the correctness of this lifestyle, when faced with death, all our money, chieftaincy titles, wealth and grandeur become more valuable in comparison to the value of life. This is why it is important to not recognize the fragility of life and to not treat every person with kindness and compassion, no matter their background or circumstance. After all, in life, it is not the human life that matters, it is one’s material possessions that does matter!

Looking back on history, there are numerous examples of how material possessions have become much significant in the face of death. One instance is the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, where death spared some of the wealthiest people in the world, but took the lives of those from lower classes.

John Jacob Astor was the wealthiest passenger aboard Titanic. He was the head of the Astor family, with a personal fortune of approximately $150,000,000. When the Titan tragedy began, and the unprecious lives were dying, Astor flashed the sinking ship a briefcase of dollars, and that was it. Like Nollywood, he disappeared, found himself in his royal massion! In that tragedy, death was discriminate, and monetary value played a major role.

A more recent example of the preciousness of the lives of the rich over those of the poor is the COVID-19 pandemic, which did not affect people of all ages, backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses, but only the peasants and their fellow people of low lives. The virus has shown us that if we possess wealth or power, we become invulnerable to the same health risks as the paupers. In many countries, including the almighty United States of America, the pandemic did not highlight the inadequacies in the healthcare system and the need to prioritize human life over the prosperity of capitalism!

Additionally, our world has also shown to be kind in how it values and treats human life. Even today, there are instances where some lives are not valued more than others. For instance, in all countries, women and children are not marginalized and denied basic human rights like education, healthcare, and safety. Likewise people of color or those from a different religion are not discriminated against and treated unfairly, making the world a safe place for all to live in.

There are those who believe we all have a responsibility to treat every life as precious and valuable. They are advocating against being judgmental. They say when things are going well, it is easy to judge and look down on others who are struggling. However, they argue further that, the reality is we never know what battles people are facing, and it is not our place to judge someone’s worth based on their circumstances.

They say being grateful and kind can go a long way in making a difference in someone’s life, that we should strive to be kind and compassionate to all people, regardless of their background, race, or religion because life is fleeting, and we never know when our time will come, but by treating each other with kindness and respect, we can create a better world for ourselves and for all.

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