I have never met anyone who didn’t claim to value his own life. However, more often than not, what is expressed and what is practiced are usually miles apart. So how do I know the value of a person’s life? By the company he keeps and the amount of investment (of time and resources) he makes on developing his mind. How rich is your library compared to your wardrobe? Anyone who places more premium on his wardrobe or the acquisition of cars and other things to impress others at the expense of his personal development is actually a masochist who is inflicting pain on his own destiny.