At my age (76) I suppose it is natural for my mind to touch upon those things that will be done to my corpse after I have no more use for it... me being dead, you know.
While I don't really care what happens to my remains after death, I find it distasteful to imagine that any silly superstitious ritual or stupid symbolism be attached to my passing away... such as a funeral ora burial in the ground.
Why do we bury the dead in the ground? Well, I went to the trouble of looking up and reading about the subject:
Burial of the dead in the ground has been traced back over 100,000 years of civilization as evidenced by the Grave of Qafzeh in Israel, a group tomb of 15 people buried in a cave along with their tools and other ritual artifacts. The earliest grave uncovered thus far in Europe is that of the `Red Lady of Wales' which is 29,000 years old.
Early people believed that if a person was not buried properly that person could return as a ghost to haunt the living. There are some feeble-minded humans living now who still believe it.
I hope that after I die I will not be buried in the ground. I hope to be cremated and my ashes disposed of without ceremony.
Not that I really give a crap, though.
Did You Know . . .?
The ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet.
On this day in 1957, under escort from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, nine black students entered all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Three weeks earlier, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had surrounded the school with National Guard troops to prevent its federal court-ordered racial integration. After a tense standoff, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent 1,000 army paratroopers to Little Rock to enforce the court order.
WORD FOR TODAY
fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure; self-indulgent.
"their opulent and sybaritic lifestyle"
synonyms: luxurious, extravagant, lavish, self-indulgent, pleasure-seeking
William Cuthbert Faulkner
(Sept 25, 1897 - July 6, 1962)
William Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays. He is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life