Man’s value is in itself (or, better, in its self). We do not gain this value along the way, and we cannot lose it along the way either. Instead, the worth you and I have is built right in. It is with us from the first instant of our beginning and follows us wherever we go, no matter what “shape” we take. It will always be ours. Some essential part of you and me will always be wonderful and beautiful, and nothing and no one can take it away.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1000