Yes, I heard an interesting piece on ye olde radio just the other day on advances in organ transplant technology. I also remember attending a party about seventeen years ago where I was talking to a medical scientist from Melbourne University who was involved in developing a population of pigs as organ donors. He asked the same question. My wife screwed up her face and said 'YUK...NO WAY!' For her its not an ethical issue. Its an issue of having the heart of a pig transplanted into you.
For me, I would bight the bullet and sign the consent forms. From time to time we have to make hard decisions and do things which on the face of it run counter to the precepts. Its unrealistic to think that one could actually go through life, as if in a bubble, and not be deeply challenged ethically by some dilemma.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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