By Eziokwubundu Amadi SJ, Jesuit Post
What is the value of human life? While there seems to be an agreement that such a question is worth asking, there is much debate on what ought to be its appropriate response. The incongruity in the responses to this age-old question has led to the heart-rending atrocities at Auschwitz, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the horrible history of slavery and colonialism (in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere), and other life-stifling acts of the modern era, eloquently evident in the recent death of George Floyd by some officers of the Minneapolis police department. Floyd’s brutal death has made it imperative to ask this question again, and to struggle concertedly to etch definitively on the global consciousness, the intrinsic value of human life and the respect it deserves.