We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As far as the old-style rationalists were concerned, any desire to ritualise death and remember the dead was a sign of a failure of nerve, and an inability to grow out of religious indoctrination – especially all that Christian stuff about personal survival, arraignment before a divine judge and consignment to heaven or hell. But in fact Christianity does not speak with one voice when it comes to death and dying. In the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus issued a severe reprimand to a disciple who wanted to give his father a proper funeral: get back to work at once, he said, and “let the dead bury their dead.” The rebuke may seem like an enlightened anticipation of 20th-century rationalism, but it is also perfectly consistent with some main doctrines of Christianity: if the body is just a temporary home for an immortal soul, and a perpetual temptation to sin, then the sooner we shuffle it off the better.
I think there is slight misinterpretation in Mr. Ree's understanding of the Gospel. The reprimand is meant to explain the cost of faith, that the man who excuses himself to bury his father is really just avoiding commitment in order to return to his old and comfortable ways of paying lip service to faith. The dead burying their dead are the faithless pretending faith. It is truly a hard saying but not a rebuke of sentimentality or remorse.
From Luke, Chapter 9:
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
I agree fundamentally with Nat. It may even have been that the man's reply, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father" wasn't a literal matter of his father having died, but his way of saying, "I'll follow you, Lord, after my father is dead and gone."
I'm rather partial to the Klingon belief "Do what you will."(with the body). "It is now just an empty shell"
But Believing in a Resurrection, I don't know what will be more mind blowing: Christ return, or all those bodies coming back to gather!