Originally Posted by MisterMcCool
There is a finite amount of land. At some point, we must consider ending the ritual of burying our dead.
This is already going on in some places. In some coastal areas where the water table is really high, you literally RENT a burial plot for a set amount of time. The moisture pretty much disposes of your body.
I understand the concept of having a place for people to visit. But it makes no difference to me. I look at buried loved ones as rotting husks of organic matter. Once the body is dead, whatever made them the person you loved, is gone.
I've heard the religious aspect too, and coming from those of the same faith I have. I got into an argument with my grandfather over it. He believed a body should be kept whole for the rapture, and anything else is blasphemy if it's intentional, because a cremated body can't be raptured. I pointed out to him, "in our faith, is there anything God can't do?"
If anyone believes the miracles of the bible (and don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to preach here), then why can they not believe that God will make their body whole when he calls you home?
Disposal of rotting husks of organic matter make no difference to me. I just don't want no damn Lincoln hearse. I'd honestly rather be carried to the cemetery in a prius. But I prefer a big finned Cadillac.