There are lines that should not be crossed, and the desecration of a person’s body after they have passed should be one of them. Not according to German politicians. Their next step could lead to the new millennium’s newest crime industry — organ harvesting.

Organ harvesting…

We’ve all heard stories about some tourist in a remote land, who meets a man (or woman) in a bar and parties the night away — only to awaken in a bathtub full of ice, with a headache and down one kidney.

It’s one of those stories from the road that is most likely untrue, but teaches the listener a valuable lesson…

Don’t. Trust. Anybody.

When this story is told, it is often set in the landscape of some tropical island or some central American country…

However, where it may actually happen won’t be in Belize, Bali or Mexico…

No, if politicians get their way, it could happen in Germany.

What’s going on?

The Ethics of Asking Permission Over Assuming It

Well, the central European country’s health minister is pushing a medical agenda of “presumed consent” — where everybody is a potential organ after death unless they say otherwise — in an attempt to boost organ donations.

Why are they doing this?

Because every year, roughly 20% of the people who are waiting for transplants often die while waiting for a viable organ.

Under the new system, citizens would be asked to state whether they object to having their organs or tissue harvested after they are pronounced brain dead…

Not if they give permission.

What prompted this scary notion? The Health Minister claimed that there are about 10,000 patients waiting for organs and in 2017, and there were less than 800 actual donations…

Meaning only about 8% of the people that need new organs were able to get them.

New Game in Town

As terrible as this is, passing this initiative is a slippery slope because it potentially opens the door for the extremely rich and/or powerful to commission or commit theft or even murder to get the organ that they need.

You may think that sounds far-fetched…

But is it?

It wouldn’t take much for somebody that had the right money and connections to find an actual match for their DNA, but to carry out the deed that needs to be done in order to collect it.

Maybe the bribery of the right doctor…

Maybe the employment of the right street gang…

Or maybe somebody would become so desperate, they might do all the work themselves.

You would be surprised at how many people are afraid of dying and desperate times call for desperate measures.

There may be better ways to actually go about this…

A re-education program seems like it would be a better idea. Maybe a national campaign that showed the stats about organ donation, and why it’s important for people to do would do wonders.

People are more charitable than the German government is giving them credit for. It’s amazing what you can get — simply by asking.

However, it may be prudent to watch how this plays out…

Because if it passes, you may want to avoid Germany or any of the surrounding countries on your next vacation.

You may be taking your life into your own hands.

 

“Charity bestowed upon those who are worthy of it is like good seed sown on a good soil that yields an abundance of fruits. But alms given to those who are yet under the tyrannical yoke of the passions are like seed deposited in a bad soil. The passions of the receiver of the alms choke, as it were, the growth of merits.” – Buddha