Ethical man: the end

If the “year without toilet paper” didn’t gross out willing environmentalists, perhaps the idea of composting the dead  (link to Ethical Man blog) will. I don’t care if it takes a lot of energy — about a month’s worth for a living Westerner — to cremate a body, I will not be composted or even freeze-dried, powdered and mulched. One of the hallmarks of emerging humanity was the care given by the living for the dead.

But I’m willing to compromise. Options include green burials — indeed, like farming, all burials were once green — and burial at sea.  Corpse donation for medical use ends with cremation, but your remains add value to learning so some will prefer this option, too.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. Works for me — that could be pretty green. Better proper pine — or any local wood — than plywood. I think the real problem is when you add “perpetual care” or when a cemetery uproots a working farm.

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