• I do not believe so. I believe intellect does have something to do with the worth of a species. A mouse has a place in the world and it is important in the great scheme of things, but to equate the life worth of a mouse to the life of a human dosen't work. A human can contribute to the betterment of the whole world, whereas a mouse is a unthinking(more or less) cog in the workings of the overall eco-system.
  • It is to the mouse.
  • No. Humans are smarter and we are more complex creatures. Sorry mice!
  • No, we are not equal. Humans are superior to all living things, according to the Bible. Men shall reign over all the creatures.
  • Buddhists believe so, I don't, I'm searching for enlightenment too but at this point I'm not Satori enough not to see that I would extinct the mouse population to save my life.
  • Of course it is. The mouse and the human have energy and everything positive and negative determines the fate of either beings. So if you are the mouse, it is valuable and if you are a human the same situation!
  • a domesticated house mouse perhaps.
  • To a human, no. To another mouse yes. Is the life of a common man as valuable as the life of an uncommon man?
  • "Valuable", I dont know but I love all the little creatures
  • You know, I'm a vegetarian and have had some wonderful adorable pet mice, and have even brought them to the vet when they are sick and paid some vet bills worth several times what the mouse is worth... But no. A mouse's lot in life is to be a little meatball on feet. They reproduce like mad because their purpose is to feed higher level carnivores. I would definitely crush a mouse before I'd shoot a human, but still, any day I'd have to make that choice would be a bad one! :P
  • In what terms? As a food source, it is much smaller, and so less valuable in terms of sheer bulk. In its ability to influence the world around it, again, it is much smaller and less powerful than a human. What kind of PC idiocy would make anyone think that mice could be equivalent to a man?
  • Mice will never become self-aware. Mice will never become intellectual. - Question your own morality. If you heard a kid ask the question "can I kill this," and you turned around to see he was holding a mouse, how would you feel? Now ask yourself how you'd feel if he was holding a baby. - If you're religious this question should be a no-brainer. - Some people feel that animals are just as valuable as humans. I was once debating abortion with someone and I asked him the question "If you saw a building on fire and knew that there was a baby and a dog inside and you did not think you would be able to save both, would you always choose the baby?" He said no. Ask yourself that question and maybe it will give you some insight to your own morals.
  • It is to the mouse!
  • Valuable to whom? Obviously not to humanity. The local supermarket has a whole section dedicated to their annihilation.
  • In general (and almost universally), I'd say no. There have been a few people, though, who have shown themselves so devoid of any net positive value that I would be reluctant to sacrifice a mouse for their sakes. Maybe I will think differently if I become more enlightened, but I don't think so. I think humans can appreciate the value of themselves and each other, but I don't think mice are capable of that kind of mental evaluation or appreciation. I could be wrong, but I don't think they have a sufficiently developed cerebral cortex. If value is in the eyes of the evaluator/appraiser, then humans definitely have more value than mice.
  • Value is just about the most subjective concept you might ever ponder but from my most assuredly human perspective the answer comes quite easily...........................................................................No.
  • it depends on what you define as valuable and why it is valuable. the common mouse is more valuable to its predators than humans because the mouse has instrumental value due to the fact it is food and humans are not. humans are more valuable to a corporation because they have instrumental value to the corporation because it needs its suckers to work for it, and its suckers to make money from. both humans and mice are valuable to their offspring because of instrumental value again. the offspring is nurtured by the mother and therefore values her. philosophically speaking, the common mouse and the common human are both moral agents and therefore have intrinsic value in their own right, and you could say humans are more valuable because they have the intelligence to destroy the world with the push of a button, or you could say mice are more valuable because they dont care about stupid things like destroying the world with the push of a button, but then that depends on your personal ethics and morals towards the subject and there probably isnt one universal answer, rather several relative ones.
  • In general, no. An animal's life is not as valuable as that of a human. Thousands of animals are killed every day to feed human beings so obviously as a society we have decided on this issue a long time ago. On your analogy: Maybe I would choose the mouse if the particular human being in question was a particularly worthless, heinous, criminal creature...
  • Nuh uh.
  • in my opinion yes since we are all essentially the same matter just recycled since all matter is finite and canot be replaced or destroyed...we are all and all is us.
  • Yes. We are all a part of the cycle of life. No one living creature is more important than another. Most people feel that humans are more important than all other living creatures. We are the most destructive and have forgotten why we are here.
  • If you're a hindu or a buddhist it is. If you're in my kitchen or garage... *SQUISH!
  • No. Do you get as upset over a mouse being killed as you do a human being?
  • I would say, NO.
  • All forms of life are precious and should be treated with respect.

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