Presume is either base something on probability or to take for granted that it's that way, assume is suppose without proof, or take or begin to have (power or responsibility) over, so you've used both its meanings correctly
(Original post by Delta_Aitch)
I understand that it's ridiculously easy to opt-in/opt-out, however it is the state's presumption that everyone wants their organs to be donated that irritates me.
There are many people out there who do want to donate their organs when asked about it, but are unaware that they need to be put on the register. Now let's say that organ donation was changed to being opt-out, the fact will still remain that, while it may be easy to
opt-out, people are just unaware that they have to explicitly do it.
There are many reasons (I personally do not believe in) as to why people don't want to donate their organs, and for them to be pretty much forced into it because they hadn't realised they had to 'opt-out' is ridiculous.
There is very little we as human can control in our lives, but to have the state assume control over our own bodies is just not on, in my opinion.
I believe the solution is just to keep people aware of the need of organ donation and to advertise more, not to take away their freedom by assuming everyone will want in on it.
Err, out of interest, can someone clarify the difference between 'assume' and 'presume'? I'm interchanging them both and have confused myself
I think awareness is partly to play in low sign up rates, but maybe awareness of how easy it is (you can do it online FFS), and exactly what you're signing up for (and that you can de-register), rather than the fact of having to sign up.
If it were to switch to opt out, it's evident that the opt out brigade are a lot more proactive than any opt in crew that exists are. I think it's a basic trait of human nature that people are more inclined to do something 'selfish', i.e. hoard their organs after death, than something generous, i.e. give them away, in the same way most people only give away their money and possessions after they die rather than during their lifetime.
Last edited by Pony Jack; 12-04-2012 at 00:53.