Justin Skolnick lives and works in Portland.

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Originally posted to blockquote.org on in Portland, Oregon

Sociologist Jacques Ellul paraphrases the reply his friend, “a very competent surgeon,” gave to a question “about technical progress in surgery”:

Currently, we carry out heart transplants, liver transplants and kidney transplants. But where do those kidneys, that heart and those lungs come from, in fact? They must be healthy organs. Not affected by an illness or the like. Moreover, they must be fresh. In fact, there is just one source: traffic accidents.

So, to carry out more operations, we need more traffic accidents. If we make traffic safer, fewer of those wonderful operations will be carried out.