Moral dilemma #5

The mad philosopher spilled the beans about the nuclear bomb and the crisis was averted. It turns out he’s suffering from pulmonary hypertension and needs a heart transplant.

He is referred to a hospital that has a brilliant transplant surgeon. On this particular day, the surgeon has five transplant patients. As well as the mad philospopher, there’s a man who needs a liver transplant, another man who needs a new kidney, a young girl desperate for a double lung transplant and a diabetic woman requiring a pancreatic replacement. All five will die without the organ transplant. Unfortunately, there are no organs available to perform any of the operations.

During the afternoon, a healthy young traveller comes in for a routine checkup during which it emerges that his organs are compatible with all five of the surgeon’s dying patients. There are no records on the traveller and no one would suspect the surgeon if he were to terminate the young man’s life to save the lives of the other five. What should he do?

[Judith Jarvis Thomson]

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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