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Burial ground facilities: Not conducive to praying and remembering

In a previous article I described my experience attending the burial ceremony.  The part concerning my essay is: “We attended mass and listened to a speech by one of the priests on the qualities of the deceased person.  Twenty minutes later, we walked behind the limousine to the Greek Orthodox grave yard, half a mile away.

Grave yards in Christian towns in Lebanon have been transformed into enclosed corridor with boxes on both sides of the walls, large enough to insert the gasket.  Every family purchase a burying box for these eventualities.

The corridor of the grave location was dark: The boxes were painted black with a white cross on.  I just watched from the outside.  I have no idea of the process of disposing of the gasket or the body later on.  Most probably, the gasket is retrieved and the bones are collected when another member of family dies in order to making room.

Where the bones are dumped?

Most probably in an open public waste dump, as every thing else:  Frequently, town people ignite open waste site,  andthe  fumes suffocate the neighborhoods because the successive governments in this non-State country have more important things to worry about.

Males and women receive condolensces in separate houses.

We returned to the women-house to present our condolence to the bereaved women.”

In my hometown, every large family, constituted of several branches, have their own church, and the “tribe” does its best to collect enough money to build a “salon” for receiving condolences instead of particular homes.

Several large families might agree on a unique “grave corridor” to insert the gaskets:  Every family purchase a cell for burying the members of their family.

It is very depressing attending these kinds of ceremonies.

I am suggesting that every town constructs an open air graveyard, just for the ceremony, sort of nice green park.  The body is buried for just a week in a fancy marble grave, before being transferred to the cell in the dark corridor.  Thus, the graveyard park will not be studded with hundreds of graves, just a couple of fancy graves for short durations.

This open air graveyard should look like a community green park, plenty of trimmed trees, flowers plants, amenities for the crowd…

The bereaved family members accept condolence in the park,.Mass should be performed in the park, and followed by the burial process; all in the same location, instead of getting on the move from here to there, from a house, to a salon, to church, to the community grave, back to the salon…

The graveyard park committee should purchase a few varieties of fancy and luxury gaskets (according to gender and age of the departed) to be rented to families. Thus, townspeople will be

1. saving money and effort for selecting and purchasing gaskets,

2. the family of the departed that cannot afford a fancy gasket will have the opportunity of supporting the expenses of maintaining the open park and using a luxury gasket like the rich families…

3. Once a year, or on any occasion for separate families, the members can meet in the park and spend a good day, a cheerful gathering, remembering the positive attributes of the departed…

In winter season, a large transparent tent can be installed during the season for the ceremony.

This suggestion would save plenty of redundant expenses to townspeople, strengthen the community spirit, and extend a climate of respect to the departed member.  I don’t have to feel suffocating in these gloomy enclosed locations and suffering the non-ending processes and processions.

Most importantly, this luxury park would be an ideal location to remembering the departed and become an ideal location to welcoming frequent visits to praying and sharing with close families, around a meal, a mass,…

It is to be noted that the most ancient towns discovered in archeology, built castles on hills, were actual graveyard. These town castles reserved fro burrying the inhabitants were later transformed to host clerics, temples, and constantly praying congregation…

How rare are dangerous events? How dangerous are “rare” species? Unless extinct…

Dozens of living species, animals and plants, go extinct every day.  The number is many folds higher, since we don’t know all that exist in species.  And mankind has no clear idea of their importance to our survival and to earth sustainability.

In the last two centuries, mankind was the direct cause and main catalyst for the extinction of all kinds of species.  Hundreds of “savaged” tribes have vanished as samples of how mankind survived in various environment.  This rate of extinction has increased drastically in the last five decades, and the international community is helpless regulating the savage mass production of the multinational companies and financial institutions.  Texaco alone is responsible for the extinction of two human tribes in the Equatorial Forest, due to excessive and unsafe operations in the oil extraction processes, polluting the region and water sources and rendering the survival domain of the tribe extinct. (read link on note #1)

Let us face it: Over 50% of mankind is now living in urban setting.  If urban people are denied zoos or affordable access to zoos, how many do you think have seen even a live chicken? Most probably, in most urban cities in the “third world”, there are no zoos, and people catch rats for their daily consumption, the fatter the happier.

Are you aware of expensive rare dirt minerals?  They are called dirt because they are not excavated underground:  You scratch the surface of earth and you pour highly toxic acid to clean out the other non-precious minerals.  Vast zones of open lands are polluted and dead for generations, along with water sources, on the surface and under.  China has the monopoly of extracting and exporting those expensive eight rare elements found in dirt.

Are rare events and species always dangerous phenomenon, before and after they are extinct?  For example, why should an urban dweller care about a black swan, if he never saw a living duck or a goose?

There is a complete theory on the eventual occurrence of dangerous rare events in man-made complex systems; it is called the Black Swan theory, because a black swan was identified to exist a few years ago.  Anyway, do you expect a black swan to behave differently than white swan? We tend not to see but a color variation in animals:  Unlike other animal species, mankind see behavioral differences in human of different color complexion.

The designers of man-made systems know the consequences of the inevitable dangerous rare events in the functioning of the system.  For example, nuclear power plants, automated fast trains and airplanes, military highly dangerous complex systems of activation… Actually, the economic-safety trade-off studies are rarely made public and are mostly not transparent for serious examination.

Once built, the man-made systems are rarely assigned an independent team of specialists to follow-up on the frequency of near-accidents and near misses of calamities.  Only serious errors of dysfunctions are reported to a government agency in developed States.

These dangerous systems are funded by governments and ultimately turned over to private investors.  Once a catastrophe strikes, it is the State and people tax money that cover the expenses of damages done to health and safety of operators and users.

Do you know that the sole purpose of the UN atomic agency is to encourage building nuclear power plants?  Do you know that the UN health and safety organization is prohibited of collecting statistics on nuclear accidents and their health consequences?  It is as if the atomic agency has the monopoly for disseminating misinformation, ill-health, death, and disasters.

Almost every day, there are at least a near-accident in nuclear power plants, and governments love not to receive official reports on these accidents, especially the veto-power States in the UN security council.

We are to expect different kinds of rare events in a couple of decades.  For example, youth in Japan will be rarer than old people.  Many will jump to the conclusion: “Great, Japan is the ideal vacation destination.  It must be the safest location: I am sure that I can outrun an elder person holding a blade to my face…”  We are missing the fact that Japan is polluted with nuclear radiation for years to come.

Until the current UN atomic agency is disbanded and a new charter created for an agency corresponding to world community health and safety standards, I am not visiting Japan and its surrounding States such as China, Korea, the Philippines, Viet Nam… I am not visiting Ukraine and Belarus.  I am not visiting France and the USA.  I need accurate, credible, and naive data on the far-reaching consequences of the nuclear meltdowns.

The State of Lebanon is the source of bizarre and rare dangerous man-made institutions.  Unfold a world map and look for arrows pointing to a location: It is probably Lebanon. A dot smaller than New Jersey State, a suburb of New York City. This spot is the densest location for world most fantastic show case carnival of extravagant rarities.

Lebanon was recognized a State in the first UN session in San Francisco in 1946.  Since then, Lebanon wallowed in this amazing rarity of staying a Non-State:  Lebanon is de facto administered by 18 recognized theocratic sub-States.

If you visit Lebanon, you discover that for every 6 young girls there is a young male: The remaining young males have immigrated to greener pastures…

Funny, I saw a black Mercedes with three-digit numbers plate, (reserved for Deputies in the Parliament), and the plate has the code of the Balance, the pictogram for Judge.   I saw a clerics driving this car.  Civil judges drive cars with four-digit plates:  Are religious judges in religious court, assessed as higher in status or power than civil judges?

More on this bizarre “State” of Lebanon in follow-up articles.

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July 2011

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