In a world characterized by killings, kidnapping, unending wars, and all forms of man-made disasters, do human lives really matter? Why should we respect and protect human lives? A writer published 50 reasons why human lives matter. Among the reasons proffered are as follows: "the world would be different if you were not born; You have a unique role to play in the grand scheme of things; You have a contribution to make to the world, even if you’re not sure what it is."
My take is that there can't be a society without human beings. The constitutive element of society is the aggregation of human beings with shared values and interests. This means that if there is no human, there can't be a society. It suggests that whenever an individual is killed, no matter the circumstances (I mean, either in war, natural cause, or due to kidnap, robbery and assassination), there seems to be an ontological distortion.
Let us see society as a kind of web connecting all human beings within a defined ontological structure. If anyone is pulled out of the web, there seems to be distortion, this is why I think that human lives ought to be protected and be respected as much as possible.