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Reflections on Ethics 78
Live on after death

by: PsiCop

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Atheists, agnostics and other sorts of freethinkers usually consider death to be "an end." That is, there is no afterlife, no salvation, nothing ... you die and that's the end of the story.

I had been convinced of this for a while, but realized recently that it's NOT the case! Death is NOT an absolute end of the self. It IS quite possible for someone to live on, after death ... even for freethinkers who do not believe in a transcendant or eternal soul.

The way to do so is ... (drumroll please!) ... organ donation!

That's right, you CAN live forever, in a wholly non-metaphysical sense. Think about it for a moment. Let's say you donate organs after death and save a life; then the person who received your organ could, in turn, donate his/hers upon death, and in turn that person could donate theirs, and so on.

(All right, so it's a stretch. I grant it's not statistically likely for someone to live perpetually in this way. But you never know ... !)

Regardless of whether or not one endures forever, the fact remains that one's life CAN continue after death. Organ donation is a simple, compassionate "sacrifice" one can make which can help others immensely and in ways one usually cannot comprehend.

Legalistic note for anyone interested in organ donation: The way in which organ donation works varies by jurisdiction. In the US (where I'm from), the choice to donate organs is made by next-of-kin, healthcare agents, or others legally able to make this decision for the deceased, after death. It is NOT ENOUGH merely to have "organ donor" or similar language on one's driver's license. You MUST ensure that your family, friends, whoever knows your wishes and is committed to making sure it happens.