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Democracy is a human right to thrive...

                                              It's not a freedom to make and buy Iphones.”

By Alexey VS, High Performance Lifestyle Coach & Certified Personal Trainer


Part I: Your life has a price, how many smartphones does it cost?



How much is your life worth to you? What about the lives of your relatives and friends, distant acquaintances or complete strangers around the globe... In the world where 85 people or families own as much wealth as the half of human population (3.5 billion, give or take), how confident are you that the life you live today is the life of your maximum potential to achieve the health, happiness and joy we all deserve?


Your life has a price. Or, at least, in a society that identifies economic profit and material luxury as its primary directive, human life has a price. Some people's lives cost less, some people's lives cost more. Where does that leave you?


Everything we consume requires effort to produce. We all assume that, and we are willing to pay different price for different products. Some products are more limited in quantities than others, and so we are willing to pay more for them... But how much more? If a sack of potatoes cost you $5 per kg while a cellphone is worth $500 and you are willing to honour those prices, or even forfeit food in favour of a communication device, you judge the cellphone to be a more valuable investment. Perhaps, you intend to use it to secure more food than just a sack of potatoes or, in this particular case, 100 of them. After all, among other energy sources like sunlight, clean air and water, food is what gives us life and health. The question is, however, how sure are you that this cellphone is indeed an investment worth the sacrifice? Moreover, what makes you think that $500 is really all it takes to make that or some other piece of technology?


Supply and demand, that's all we need to hear when companies tell us how they determine the prices of their products. So, if it costs 10 human lives in addition to time, equipment and raw material to make a million of cellphones, what kind of rate of demand would let a manufacturer to sell you that cellphone at $500 a piece?


Your life has a price. Or, at least, in a world that allows social division based on individual economic assets and where almost one billion people starve every year while 80% of us live on less than $10 a day, human life has a price. And so, when you are offered a job, be it a desk jockey, or a lawyer, or a singer, or even a bathroom attendant, and you are paid for it, you take it. Why? Because it provides you with a chance to increase the value of your life. After all, in a free economic society we all have the choice – to die making a cellphone, to starve to death or to meet some other morbid end from numerous jobs that are eroding global environment, human health and happiness at various intensities.


...the END of Part I



For relevant sources, please visit:


BloombergBusinessweek (www.businessweek.com/) and search for the following articles:

The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone, Samsung's War at Home, Why It's Hard to Make an Ethically Sourced Smartphone, The World’s 85 Richest Are Now Worth as Much as 3.5 Billion Poorest

GlobalIssues (www.globalissues.org): Poverty Stats & Facts

WhoRulesAmerica (www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica): Wealth, Income, and Power

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Tokyo-Nightsky Apr 16, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
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Midnitez-REMIX Mar 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello there,

I'm one of the admins from :icontoronto: and I wanted to let you know we have an all ages DevMeet going on this month. March's meet up will be glow in the dark bowling followed by dinner out and will be on March 22nd. For full info on the meet check this link:

toronto.deviantart.com/journal…

And if you are sure you can go or at least somewhat sure please click the RSVP button here:

toronto.deviantart.com/devmeet…

We sincerely hope you can make it and if not then we hope to see you another month. :

-Midnitez
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AITUARMANAS Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!Big Fool Emoji-13 (Cool) [V2] 
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MasterLion Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
:aww: :thumbsup:
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AITUARMANAS Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
and Thank you for the watch:D (Big Grin) 
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MasterLion Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ahooooy Matey! 
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Midnitez-REMIX Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello there,

I'm one of the admins of :icontoronto: and I was wondering if you were coming to January's DevMeet? It's on the 25th with casual skating and followed by dinner and we'd love to have you. If you can't skate don't sweat it; I can help you or you can just hang out with some of the others.

Here is the full info toronto.deviantart.com/journal… , if you can make it then please RSVP here toronto.deviantart.com/devmeet… . If you're not comfortable coming on your own feel free to bring a friend or family member to accompany you. It's an all ages event and I can assure you we're all nice people.

Hope to see you there and if not then maybe next month,
-Midnitez
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Thank you for the fav :D
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MasterLion Oct 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, yeah, nice shot! :aww:
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thoughttrainderailed Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav, homie! :)
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