Many people donate their organs. I'm planning on signing up when I get my license. However, in my eyes, the most important thing I'm going to donate is my brain.
You might not know this but there is a very severe shortage of brain donors. It's a mix of making people squeamish to donate their brain and not wanting to think about it, but they don't realize that we don't just need brains of people with mental illness or neurological diseases. People with mental illness or neurological diseases and their family members tend to donate their brains much more often than anyone else. Normal brains aka Healthy Brains are desperately needed as well. The more brains available the more we can advance medical research.
I get why some people are squeamish about donating their brains. Some people are uncomfortable with the thought of their brain ending up like this:
I can understand that.
I'm first going to go over the reason I am planning on donating my brain. (I'm still deciding where I should donate to actually but I'll do research once I get older. I promised myself I won't do it until after I recover from my current ordeal as it would be too much like having a will set out.)
I was once asked whether or not I had thought about donating my brain after I died, at first I was like hell no. Then that night I really thought about it.
I thought about my own personal spiritual beliefs, I believe that the most important thing is to try and be a decent human being. That is literally the core tenant of my spiritual beliefs. It doesn't matter how much you pray, it doesn't matter if you believe in a deity or not. The only thing that matters in my spiritual views is that I try to be a decent human being. I then thought about my own situation. As many of you know. I struggle with depression and even though at the moment I no longer believe it will end up killing me.
It is still something that I'll always have to deal with. I thought about the days I have where I'd literally cut off my own arm to get rid of depression. It was at this point where I started to feel like I no longer had a choice. I felt and still feel spiritually obligated to donate my brain.
I don't care that after I die they will peel the skin back, cut open my skull, and remove my brain. Why should I? Why should anyone care if that happens to them. I'll be dead, that body won't be me anymore. I'll be somewhere else and at rest.
I'm going to put it this way, If you believe in an afterlife as I do, then it doesn't matter to you what happens to your organs and brain after death because you are somewhere else. You are at rest and with your deceased loved ones. Your body has nothing to do with you anymore let someone else have it.
If you don't believe in an afterlife, then it doesn't matter to you what happens to your organs and brain after death because you are dead and no longer exist. There is no way you are ever going to think or feel again but you can make a difference to those who do.
There is no logical reason not to donate your brain as well as your other organs.
I believe that after I die (hopefully a long time from now.) I will eventually be able to look down at people who suffer from Depression just like I do right now and see them getting more effective medicine and treatment. I will be satisfied knowing that my decision to donate my brain to depression research had some small impact on that. That I helped someone else one last way after my death.
Please everyone donate your brain, it's needed.