Do we really need kidneys? (The ethics of kidneys)

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Do we really need to have our own kidneys?
First of all it's selfish to hang on to your kidneys when other people would like to have them and consequentially you have a moral obligation to society to give them up.
Second, having your own kidneys and doing your own blood filtration without doing any apparent work (lazy slacker!) takes work away from dialysis workers which may be the end of society as we know it.
Third, your parents kinda gave you your kidneys, so don't you think you owe them back.
;-P
(Now substitute kidneys for "free will" or "independence" and reread the argument.)


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Post by Freedom_2018 »

Ha ha...bloody funny!
I see that pax has managed to push your buttons.
Well, last I checked I had 2 kidneys..so maybe one might be up for grabs for the right reasons/right price? (I really can be quite mercenary, can't I ?)
But since I only have half a brain (per primary school English teacher)..that is not up for sale/barter. I am selfishly going to hang on to it.


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I'd rather give up a kidney than work 40 years. I wonder if that would be an acceptable contribution for pax?


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From each according to his ability, to each according to his need? I've heard that somewhere before.


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Post by Freedom_2018 »

Yeah..they love to say that in Centrally Planed Economies (and Dictatorships)


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Well, from each ... is the standard mode of operation in coherent units like families and small groups. It is not a bad idea because it makes the group stronger.
The problem appears when social coherency breaks down. You can enforce it cheaply with religion or more expensively with laws and force. But it seems that size matters, so this idea never works in country sized regions unless something unifying like war brings it back together.


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Oh man! With kids like him market rates would never get high enough for me to retire off my kidney!


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Post by JohnnyH »

Wow, dragon... that really takes the cake for most depressing article.


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Post by Freedom_2018 »

Well I guess some folks would applaud his actions since he gave back to society and fulfilled his moral obligation/social contract (after all some recipient did get a kidney presumably).
Not only that, he is also contributing to the economy by buying Ipads etc.
The rest of us are all slackers.


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We'll have a kidney donation run at 12:00 in room 4-57. All employees who value their career prospects are strongly encouraged to participate. Please talk to a HR representative about your benefit coverage. Since donation is voluntary, sick time is nondeductible.


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Post by irononmaiden »

It's quite selfish of you guys not to also consider giving a lung. You've got two, you know.
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Post by paxprobellum »

Haha, I thought this was going to be a legitimate "you could sell your kidney to fund your ERE" thread.
>> I'd rather give up a kidney than work 40 years.

>> I wonder if that would be an acceptable

>> contribution for pax?
Totally.


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@bigato - there are all kinds of drug companies looking to give you money for renting your body out to science.


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Post by Matthew »

I know some people who have. No health effects yet, but who want's to take the chance?


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The Red Market: book on the criminal trade in orphans, organs, bones, skin, eggs, hair, and other human flesh
http://www.boingboing.net/2011/05/31/th ... -book.html


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Post by Emanuel »

This topic reminds me of the cult Jesus Christians. Apparently there is a few select people that know what we, the sheep, should be doing.


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Re: Do we really need kidneys? (The ethics of kidneys)

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Hmm, tough joke even for me as an absurdist humour fan.

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I didn't get it either...

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i think we're missing the context of this being a response to one "pax" poster

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