Is there another man in history who has been asked, in a sense, to "play God" the way that Kenneth Feinberg has? Feinberg, an arbitration lawyer who distributed the federal government's September 11th Victims' Compensation Fund, has added The One Fund for victims of the Boston bombings to the list of victim payouts he has managed.
To learn more about Feinberg's grim task, start with this 60 Minutes piece by Morley Safer. Safer explains that Feinberg is the one man who must place a value on each and every life that is lost.
How does one attach a price tag to suffering? This is the work of Kenneth Feinberg, and very few of us envy him the job.