It seems counterintuitive that a small child would not get first priority on an organ recipient list over an older, bigger bodied recipient. the question at hand is not why a child would get first dib’s on a kidney over an old man, but why there is a question of age in the first place? A child has an whole life to live. The converation on Sarah Murnaghan’s case brings up A moral issue that is very difficult to assess.
Sarah Murnaghan was put on the adult waiting list two years before she finally received a lung transplant. The controversy, and uproar about her situation begins with those who feel Sarah should have had higher priority due to her age, and being deathly ill. Others who argued this issue felt that giving an adult lung to a child is similar to a waste… considering the fact that giving a child an oversized organ (especially a lung) would have substantially lower odds of success over those who could benefit more.
The practical solution cannot come down to morality. The moral liberties of society, and the most intuitive answer to the issue would suggest that the lung should go to the child. In fact, The Murnaghan family believed this to be true whole heartedly to the point of taking legal action. Suing Health and Human Recourses, and winning the case providing their so deserving daughter of a lung.
How though? if this is the case, why can’t everyone just sue the hospitals, cause controversy, and magically get what they “deserve”. As a society, we are not capable of deciding who is allowed/has more priority over another person. If I was a 40 year old male who was on the list for 3 years, waiting painfully to acquire a transplant, and I was up on the list, I would expect to be the priority. Expecting this, and hearing about Sarah’s case would make me feel cheated. in fact, I’m sure that’s how most of the people before/after/as deserving as her would feel.
It seems counterintuitive to continuously supply a highly dependent Heroin addict Heroin. A drug that ruins peoples lives, and not only that, ruins the environment by leaving used needles and equipment around, or passing out/dying somewhere in an alley should not be readily administered. The War on heroin seems to have no solution, and if even the law cannot quell the ongoing heroin epidemic, what can?
The City of Vancouver may have found their “solution” to the problem of heroin addiction. Simply taking in addicts, supplying them with clean materials to use, giving them heroin, and providing them with a safe place to do it in… under the supervision of a nurse of course. This program is ran in a safe injection site called “Insite” where addicts can shoot up as they would love to do, but not only freely, but where they cant get in trouble by the police. A sort of safe haven for heavily dependent slaves to a drug that is now safer to partake in their unhealthiest habit!
Vancouver’s solution is Ironic. Readily supplying an addict on a regular basis is not defeating the addiction, but I’m assuming that the upmost task/goal is not to prevent the addiction, but to prevent the addiction from ruining the environment around the addict. Since this seems like one of the only imaginable steps due to the fact that the legal pressure does not compel addicts from shooting up, providing them with a cleaner, more public friendly way of doing it is a good first step. I say “public friendly” because it keeps the addiction epidemic out of the public eye. The heroin epidemic will never solve its self. The only step to be taken is getting it off the streets, and into safe injection sites. It seems counterintuitive, but eliminating some effects is better than eliminating none.
This programs arrival into Vancouver dates back to 2008, and has “origins in Europe with countries like Switzerland, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands all administering their own version of the program in Vancouver” according to a detailed report in Time back in 2009. With more studies, experience, and results, we as a society could make a change on the horrible epidemic. For now, getting it away from the public eye and sort of hiding the problem by making it clinical will do.
It seems counterintuitive to expose the awful tragedies that happens to people by taking photographs exploiting those at their weakest. Getting that perfect shot may not always be so ethical, and in fact, in most cases it isn’t. exposing images of those crying, dead bodies, or anything that could be helped by anything other than taking a photo is very disrespectful, and corrupt.
The way I view it, is in favor of those who don’t have a clue what’s going on in the first place. Going through an unexplainable disaster, and then after having someone who (for the most part) does not care about the outcome of their muse is disrespectful. Situations like the Haitian police shooting and killing a 15 year old girl on accident while firing warning shots, and photographers rushing to the scene to get the best shot of the tragedy is completely unethical.
I’m sure many more photos of distressed victims of unexplainable tragedies are out there on the internet. Those in the pictures most likely do not get any compensation for the picture as well, while potentially millions of people view the post.
My position is not with against the pictures, but the photographers who witness and recorded the event. Its just like a paparazzi, getting the best photo while perusing it in places they should not be.