Don’t Help Others Because You Might Benefit Too

Another item from the Horror File.

A friend who is an expert in blood donation and blood selling shared the following story. I’m writing it in my words.

The Red Cross in the United States, a blood collector in Spain, and some Red Cross organizations in other countries refuse to allow people with hemochromatosis to donate blood. What is hemochromatosis? It’s too much iron in the blood.

One’s first guess about the reason might be that such blood isn’t safe.

Nope. As this friend says, it’s “perfectly good” for transfusion.

So why not allow it?

The reason, it turns out, is that people with hemochromatosis benefit by donating blood. They have to give blood regularly to maintain their health.

So let’s see. The donors need to do it for their health and people who want blood obviously need it for their health.

Sounds like a win-win, right?

Ah, what you have missed that these sophisticates have not is that because the donors need to do it for their health, their actions are not “altruistic.” Oh, the horror!

So what do they do with the blood? They throw it away.

Who cares whether people get blood as long as we can feel good that the donors don’t benefit?

Psst! Don’t remind the Red Cross of the doughnuts and/or cookies we non-iron-rich people get for donating.