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At least being eaten by an animal would mean your body, in a sense, would live on through the animal.
I agree, it seems like a waste of space to me as well. Not to mention the fact that we bury any disease the body may have inhibited, which will make its way into the soil eventually.
Interesting way of looking at it. Thanks for the response.
I don't know if burning you're shell is necessarily disgracing it. The human body breaks down under the earth anyway, pretty much rots. So, which is better? Burning the body and leaving behind the ashes or burying it six feet under ground to rot?
With that logic I should just kill myself now, I mean eventually I will perish so.....whats the wait...your body was used as the holder of your soul, the greatest possible thing besides god himself and your say to burn it's carrier.
The buddhists and others believe the body is merely a host. Once our soul departs, our hosts are of little consequence.