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Neil deGrasse Tyson, a well-known astrophysicist and media personality, travels the country speaking about astrophysics and recent discoveries. During a radio show, he was asked about the meaning of life. His response was that meaning and purpose depend on the decisions we make. We live. We die. And in between, we hopefully contribute something positive to the world. In short: Life has no meaning unless we give it one.

With all due respect to Dr. Tyson, this answer overlooks something important. I agree that we should strive every day to do good in the world. But if human significance is rooted in our ability to make a contribution, what about those who are unable to contribute—such as people with disabilities, premature babies, or the elderly? Is their life worthless? Does it mean nothing?

When we talk about ultimate significance, our definition must apply to all people. For every person to be equally valuable, something equally true must be present in each of us.

The worth of every person is based on qualities that are not always immediately apparent. Each individual has great value, because each individual is just that—a person. Not just a highly evolved biological machine. A person with a personality.

Regardless of whether someone is young or old, a brilliant astrophysicist or severely disabled, each of us has immeasurable worth, because our Creator has given us this worth.

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