Dead Bodies Are Garbage

Dead Bodies Are Garbage

To me the most shocking aspect of any mass accident is the fact that they try so hard to get the bodies back. I don’t understand why people have such a hang-up with the remains of their loved ones. Speaking as someone who has had more than one friend shake this mortal coil, I can say “dead is dead, get on with the coping.” I guess the thought of a dead family member still strapped into an airline chair at the bottom of the ocean isn’t too comforting, but the ocean recycles nicely, and those “people” are currently providing nutrients for the many fish of the region. That’s the way nature works.

We, as humans, think we’re somehow above the food chain. Dead bodies must be preserved, like twinkies, for all eternity, or turned into a pile of ashes to be strewn about a loved place. Anything to keep a natural process from happening. We drive around in cars like apes, worship manufactured deities, make lots of garbage, and fill our days with mass produced food and flashing lights, completely denying any link to the earth that gives life. I’m sure that last line made me sound like and enviro-creep, and I apologize. I don’t want everybody living in caves and eating wheat grass, but it seems ridiculous that so many people consider themselves separate from their surroundings . Put people in a city for a few generations and they forget that life was ever any other way.

When I die, don’t want to be pumped full of formaldehyde, or cremated, or even buried. I want to be propped. Dressed in my favorite T-shirt and propped against a tree. Let me rot, let the worms eat my eyes, let the toads gnaw my bones. The materials that make our bodies have been around since the beginning of time, we’re only borrowing them. I’d like to pass them on, poison free, with as little hassle as possible, thank you. I suppose it would be littering, but only until my body liquefies and my bones are carried off by small rodents. Life isn’t skin and dead bodies are garbage; it’s time we started treating them with less respect.