reply to post by scubagravy
which would you choose and why ??
It's polite to return things you've borrowed when you're done using them. The material of my body came from earth, so I think it would be nice to
return it when I'm done with it.
That said, apart from off-planet migration, there isn't really any way to fail to return it. It's just a question of aesthetics. Burial, be it in
the ground or at sea, basically means your body gets eaten. Either by worms and bacteria, or by fish. Since the material of my body, given back to
earth will eventually end up used by some other creature eventually anyway, that's probably acceptable.
But if we're going to look at it that way, we might say, for example...that we really like cats, so rather than be eaten by worms or fish, maybe we
could feed our corpse to tigers at a zoo. Choose
who gets to use the material next by feeding it to them. But teaching animals to eat people
might not be the best idea, so it might be better to feed our bodies to people. For example, your funeral could be a big party where friends and loved
ones cook and eat your corpse. But then you run into issues of disease and sanitation, so some people might not be comfortable with that.
Of course, cremation avoids most of these issues, and your ash can be spread across the ground, and if you'd like maybe you can plant nice trees and
But overall, personally...simply as a matter of aesthetics, I think my preference would be burial in the ground. No preservatives, no coffin...nothing
to delay the relclaiming process. Simply a direct burial in earth. Why? Because while I understand that the worms and bugs and plants and things will
use my body eventually, again...the whole point here is to return what was borrowed.
And burial seems like to most direct way to do that.