Currently there is an article on The Charlotte Observer that stuck out to me. "'Body Worlds' likely to get under people's skins"! After reading the article I found myself quite intrigued by it's contents.
Steve has mentioned in the past Body Worlds, and at first I found it quite disgusting. Body Worlds is basically a traveling museum. A museum unlike any other. Human cadavers are displayed "in action", showing what a man looks like while jumping, throwing, and just sitting.
I've browsed through there website and I've found this very interesting. Like I said, originally I was absolutely repulsed. Believe me, I don't have much of a "strong stomach" I'm the person who gets grossed out during Grey's Anatomy, yet, after looking through Body Worlds website, I must admit I feel that they are doing something amazing.
One of the most amazing things about this planet is us...human beings. We are ultimately the most complex organism on this planet.
Body Worlds gives us an insight to how our body works, or doesn't work if we don't take care of ourselves.
Originally I thought this exhibit could persuade potential organ donors to donate their bodies to science, instead of donating their organs to other humans. And...so what if they did? In the scheme of things would it hurt organ donation?
I honestly don't think it would hurt our cause. Here's a couple reason's I think Body Worlds can help our cause:
1. A smoker could donate their body after they pass away. A young person, who is tempted by the same addiction that killed the person on display sees exactly what smoking can do. He's shocked and appalled and decides not to smoke. Thus, leaving two healthy lungs if he's an organ donor.
2. A person with diabetes or some other debilitating disease is displayed, showing what the disease does to a person's kidney. The display mentions that many people with diabetes need transplants to survive, and somehow the seed is planted...to become an organ donor!
And that's just a couple I've thought of!
Body Worlds has the ability to touch a majority of the United States, and world. Yes, their main goal is not to bring attention to the need for more organ donors, but they have the potential of touching thousands of life's, and indirectly spreading the word about organ donation!
If nothing else, I think this is an awesome way to learn about the human body!!