At the post, Marines Launch New Ad Seeking Females They Can Train to be Killers, NAPster comments:
Although both men and women are human, and you can argue that all human lives are equally valuable, Walter Block has made the point that women's lives are more valuable than men's as women are the only humans (at least currently) who can carry and give birth to babies. Thus if one cares about the continuation of the human race, then one ought to protect women more than men.This has sparked a question in my mind: Do most of us really have a desire for the long-term continuation of the human race?
To be sure, I can think out a generation or two to children and grandchildren (and maybe grandchildren) to be concerned about their lives. But what about 10 generations out or 100?
There can be, I guess, a chain-like desire to preserve the human race. Our children want to preserve it for their children and their children for the next and so on.
But is preservation of the human race on earth, into perpetuity, in the here and now a real goal of very many?
It's a nice thing to say. It has the ring of caring and being decent but what connection will we have with people thousands of of years from now any more than we now have with homo sapiens who lived in caves, carried clubs, tens of thousands of years ago?