Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Only Morality In a Cruel World is Chance

"The only morality in a cruel world is chance" - Two Face,from The Dark knight. 

Is it really? A lecture from one of my courses in bioethical research comes to mind. The short version of this real-life dilemma is that there are a lack of live organ donors in North America, so there's a system set in place to decide who receives the organ. For years, ethicists have been trying to figure out the fairest way to decide who gets to live, and who doesn't.

There are 2 main principles to approach this from: urgency or a first-come-first serve basis. If we choose urgency, then people who have been waiting on the list to live, are left to continue suffering or die (even if they've been waiting longer). If we choose the list, then people who aren't going to die are put ahead of people who are, for the sake of fairness & principle(which is contrary to how our emergency healthcare system works).

So a couple of ethicists have argued that the only morality in a cruel world is chance. But is this just the easy way out? Or is it really the fairest solution?


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