Facebook adds Organ Donor statuses
Posted by Lyn May
Facebook has announced that it has added the ability for it’s users to share that they are an organ donor. I could scoff at the idea and ask the question of why; or I could simply be happy about this taboo topic becoming, well, not so taboo.
I, for one, am an organ donor. I am a full body donor. The way I see it, I’m dead and no longer have a use for it. If my body can continue to serve by helping others in need – well, that thought actually makes me happy. But there are those who feel their bodies to be a “temple” of sorts. A “vessel” if you will that needs to be “worshipped,” even after death. That’s the rant. Those selfish individuals.
I was watching an organ donation commercial the other day. There were people holding up pictures of donors and saying thank you to them for helping to save their lives. It was rather touching, actually. And then something really disturbing happened. And I don’t know what is more disturbing – the fact that there are people out there like this or that we need to cater to them by explaining it. There was a couple, easily identifiable as Christians by their garb; and they said, “We were overjoyed to find out that it is not against our religion to be a donor.”
What! How selfish do you have to be to not want to share a part of yourself to help someone else? I hear people say things like, “I’m going to get burried. Just the thought of my body parts in someone else’s is ‘icky’.” Um, you do know that you’re dead, right?
Here are some positives to donating:
- Doctors can use your parts to give to someone in need, potentially saving theirs life.
- The parts not immediately usable by other people can be used by science for research in future causes.
- You’re not taking up precious space by being burried in the ground.
Now, let’s look at the negatives of being burried:
- You selfishly deny anyone who might benefit from your dead body and precious organs that aren’t dead.
- According to law, no one may perform any sort of research on your corpse. So, no learning from your body.
- You’ve purchased a plot of land that takes up space forever and ever and ever and ever.
I applaud Facebook. I don’t have many good things to say about Facebook; but this is something that I’m proud of.
I believe that when young people start seeing their friends/family/coworkers as donors that they might not feel so awkward about going against their parent’s ideals. It opens up the line of discussion that we should of been having years ago.
So, show your support for human life and DONATE. Here’s a link to help you get started.
About Lyn MayDesigner, engineer, producer; I haven't really decided yet. Maybe I'll keep it that way - it's much easier to be undecided any way. I love graphic design, writing, photography, video production, animation, playing guitar, singing, engineering and pretty much any other medium that allows me to express my self artistically/logically.
Posted on May 1, 2012, in Culture, Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics, Science, Social Media and tagged death, donation, facebook, LIFE, media, organ, research, science, social, tissue. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.